Bangladeshi American Zayn Siddique has been named by United States President-elect Joe Biden as the senior advisor to the White House deputy chief of staff, The Daily Star reports.
Siddique is the first Bangladeshi American to be appointed to a senior role in the incoming Biden administration.
“It’s obviously good news for all the Bangladeshi-Americans,” former US ambassador Osman Siddique told bdnews24.com.
He went on to compliment Siddique’s talent and ability to work in various capacities within the administration.
Siddique has had extensive experience within both law and politics, according to The Daily Star. Born in Bangladesh and raised in New York, he holds a law degree from Yale University and clerked for Justice Elena Kagan of the US Supreme Court.
He worked as the deputy policy director for former Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign and senior policy director for O’Rourke’s senate campaign. For the Biden-Harris Transition Team, he acted as chief of staff for the Domestic and Economic Team.
Siddique is another addition to what Biden has claimed will be the most diverse administration in American history, The Daily Star reports.
“I’m going to keep my commitment that the administration, both in the White House and outside in the Cabinet, is going to look like the country,” Biden said, according to The Daily Star.
Kamala Harris, who will be making history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President elect, echoed Biden’s sentiments. She emphasized the skills and dedication of this diverse collection of public servants.
“They have the knowledge and expertise to help us meet the unprecedented challenges facing the American people. And President-elect Biden and I look forward to working with them to contain this pandemic, provide more relief for families and businesses, and rebuild our country in a way that lifts up all Americans,” she said, according to The Daily Star.
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