Heather Higginbottom and 2008 Obama campaign colleague Mark Alexander. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Secretary of State John Kerry is loading up serious firepower in his front office at Foggy Bottom, bringing his former aide Heather Higginbottom, now deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, as his counselor.

A bit predictable that Kerry would steal his super-talented former Senate legislative director back from the Obama White House. Higginbottom was Kerry’s legislative director from 1999 to 2004 and then founded and headed the American Security Project, a national security think tank.

Right after the 2008 election — she was dubbed one of Obama’s “big thinkers” on heath care — Obama named her deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She moved over to OMB in 2011 after overcoming Senate Republican complaints that she didn’t have business and accounting experience.”

Acting OMB Director Jeff Zients announced the move in an internal e-mail to OMB staff on Friday.

Meanwhile a senior State Department official told reporters Friday that Kerry’s former Senate staff director David Wade will be his chief of staff and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff director Bill Danvers will be deputy chief of staff for policy. Boston.com politics editor and veteran Boston Globe political reporter Glen Johnson, will be a senior adviser handling strategic communications.