Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) announced on Tuesday that he’s quitting Congress in order to serve as an adviser to Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Richmond’s resignation announcement could spell bad news for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who is already under duress after Democrats lost a number of critical house seats in November’s election.
Democrats lead the House by one of the narrowest margins in history and losing another critical vote could be disastrous to Pelosi’s plans. However, that won’t stop Richmond from moving on and moving up.
“The future has a habit of arriving unannounced, and I am here to announce the hardest decision of my life,” Richmond said Tuesday. “Before Jan. 20, I will resign my seat in the United States Congress and take a position in the Biden-Harris administration.”
According to Fox News, Richmond has represented Louisiana’s 2nd district for nearly a decade and has sat on a number of subcommittees including the House Ways and Means, Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees.
The Biden transition team revealed that they’ve tapped Richmond as a “leader in helping to enact landmark criminal justice reform” as part of the Biden White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
Richmond’s resignation shouldn’t come entirely as a surprise, as he served as national co-chairman of the Biden-Harris campaign and currently is serving as a co-chair of the Biden-Harris transition team.
Despite the fact that the outcome of the presidential election has yet to be certified, the Biden campaign is taking actions to initiate a transition, accelerating the process of staffing his cabinet and preparing to take over as commander-in-chief.
President Trump has refused to concede, launching a number of lawsuits in battleground states such as Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada due to election “irregularities” and allegations of outright fraud in those states.