Landrieu, Biden’s Senior Advisor on Infrastructure, Takes Campaign Role

January 8, 2024 by Dan McCue
Landrieu, Biden’s Senior Advisor on Infrastructure, Takes Campaign Role
White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu speaks during a briefing at the White House, May 12, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — Mitch Landrieu, a senior advisor to President Joe Biden and the administration’s lead coordinator for projects funded by the bipartisan infrastructure bill, is leaving the White House to join the president’s reelection campaign as national co-chair.

The White House did not offer an explanation for the change in role.

In a statement released by the White House while Biden was traveling to South Carolina Monday morning, the president said, “When I passed the bipartisan infrastructure law, I knew I needed someone by my side who would help deliver real results for the American people. 

“I knew that Mitch Landrieu, a former mayor and lieutenant governor who spent over a decade helping rebuild New Orleans, was the man to help me rebuild the country,” Biden continued.

“Mitch has always known that the real measure of success is not about scoring partisan points — it’s about building bridges, and fixing the problem at hand,” he said.

Landrieu joined the Biden administration in 2021 and was immediately put in charge of overseeing one of the president’s signal accomplishments.

A popular and energetic spokesman for the administration on this front, he reportedly traveled more than 119,000 miles to nearly 150 cities in carrying out his role.

All the while, he continued to manage the dispersal of billions of dollars to expand broadband connectivity to every corner of the country, and to build or restore thousands of miles of roads and bridges, and scores of ports and other vital facilities.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., chair of the House Democrats Regional Leadership Council, on Monday called Landrieu “an indispensable partner and leader in our effort to implement the historic bipartisan infrastructure law.”

“From bridges to roads, seaports to railroads, stronger power grids to expanded broadband access, we’ve announced 40,000 public infrastructure projects across 4,500 communities in every corner of the country,” Hoyer continued. “We owe that progress in no small part to Mitch Landrieu. An accomplished former mayor, Mitch’s common sense, solutions-oriented approach, and ability to bring people together was crucial to making progress on these projects in communities large and small.”

According to the White House, since the passage of the infrastructure act, more than 40,000 infrastructure projects across 4,500 communities have either been announced or are already underway.

These include the beginning of improvements on more than 135,000 miles of road and expanded access to affordable high-speed internet for more than 22 million people, the administration said.

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