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Joe Biden names 5 co-chairs to the opening committee, together with Rep. James Clyburn as fundamental chair

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks on December 4, 2020 at his interim headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. on the economy and the 2020 U.S. employment report.

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President-elect Joe Biden named five co-chairs to chair his inaugural committee on Monday.

All of his committee chairs, who will be responsible for organizing the new president's coronation, are linked to Biden in the past.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., The committee chairman, has been one of Biden's strongest allies for over a decade. Shortly before the South Carolina Democratic primary in February, he gave Biden an important endorsement. Biden won this preliminary round and took important victories on Super Tuesday the following month.

"Kamala and I are honored and grateful to these leaders for joining our inaugural committee as co-chairs and helping organize a safe inauguration for all Americans," Biden said in a statement.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, a first co-chair, endorsed Biden just before that state's primary election, which Biden later won. She later became an election campaign manager.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., And Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., Are also co-chairs of the opening event and chairs of the Biden campaign. Richmond was recently named Senior Advisor to the President-Elect and Director of the White House's Office of Public Engagement.

The five co-chairs will be responsible for putting together a safe opening event amid the coronavirus pandemic. Biden said the opening will likely coincide with what happened during the National Virtual Democratic Convention.

"I suspect there probably won't be a gigantic opening parade on Pennsylvania Avenue," Biden said Friday. "But I suspect you will see a lot of virtual activity across America that is keeping even more people busy than before."

Fundraising for the opening has already started. Individuals can contribute up to $ 500,000 and companies can contribute up to $ 1 million.

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