President Obama’s “Ebola Czar” is a smart lawyer and political tactician with a distinguished legal background.
Ron Klain is charged with helping the administration manage their response to the Ebola crisis.
Wall Street Journal report that Kain, a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he won an academic prize for high grades and who also clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Byron White in the 1980s and then established a career as a Beltway jack of all trades. Most recently, he served as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, a job he held from 2009 to 2011.
After a stint as chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the early 1990s, under the tutelage of then-Sen. Joe Biden, Mr. Klain joined the Clinton administration. He was associate counsel to the president, overseeing judicial selections, and then worked as chief of staff to Attorney General Janet Reno. He was 31 years old when then-Vice President Al Gore hired him as his chief of staff.
In 2000, he stepped into his most famous job, commanding the Gore campaign’s losing recount fight after the 2000 presidential election. Kevin Spacey would later depict him as a heroic lawyer in the 2008 HBO movie “Recount.”
After the Clinton presidency, he moved to O’Melveny & Myers LLP and then did legal work for AOL co-founder Steve Case, who hired him as general counsel for Revolution LLC, a Washington-based venture-capital firm.
He left the Obama administration in 2011 to become president of Case Holdings, the investment company of his old boss, Mr. Case.
He’s had some bumps and disappointments along the way.