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Clinton’s transition team grows as the Democrat eyes the White House

Hillary Clinton is taken by Vice President Biden to his childhood home in Scranton, Pa., after a rally Aug. 15. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
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With an eye toward what happens after November, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, on Tuesday announced new members of a leadership team to start preparing for a potential administration.

The move comes two weeks after paperwork was filed to formally establish the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, a nonprofit group that will oversee the effort to create a Democratic administration headed by Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Podesta, who is also serving as president of the transition project, said that Ken Salazar, the former secretary of the interior and former senator from Colorado, will serve as chairman of the new entity.

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He will be joined by four co-chairs: Tom Donilon, a former national security adviser under President Obama; Jennifer Granholm, a former governor of Michigan; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank; and Maggie Williams, director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Williams also served as chief of staff to Clinton when she was first lady.

Podesta said that Ed Meier and Ann O'Leary, two top Clinton campaign policy advisers, will shift full time to the transition project to manage its day-to-day operations. In the previously filed paperwork, Minyon Moore, a senior adviser to Clinton, was named as the project’s secretary.

Aides to Clinton said the new leadership of the Washington-based transition project would allow Clinton’s Brooklyn-based campaign staff to remain focused on the November election against Republican Donald Trump.

"While our campaign remains focused on the task at hand of winning in November, Hillary Clinton wants to be able to get to work right away as president-elect,” Podesta said in a statement.

Trump has also taken some steps toward planning a new administration. In May, he put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in charge of his transition effort.

A 2010 law sought to smooth the transition from one administration to the next, providing resources to the nominees of both major parties following their conventions. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough previously phoned both campaigns to offer workspace in Washington to use for their respective planning.