John Podesta, who served as President Bill Clinton's chief of staff and currently works as an advisor to President Barack Obama, will reportedly join Hillary Clinton's expanding team as she ponders a presidential run in 2016.
Podesta, who turns 66 this week, will work as a senior advisor for Clinton, reports the Wall Street Journal.
If she decides to run, he will most likely be her campaign chairman, according to the Journal.
Clinton is expected to announce whether she will run for president in the spring. Podesta, reports the Journal, has attended meetings with Clinton advisers in recent months.
Podesta was Bill Clinton's deputy chief of staff for almost two years before stepping into the role as chief of staff in October 1998. He remained in that position for the rest of Clinton's second term.
Podesta has also worked with the Clinton Foundation.
In his current role, Podesta is advising Obama on topics ranging from Ebola to immigration, reports the Journal. And he played a crucial role
in the climate deal the U.S. made with China in November, serving as a negotiator.
Podesta will leave the White House next month and begin working full-time with Clinton, the Journal reports.
In September, it was reported that Podesta could lead
a 2016 Clinton campaign for president.
"In more than 20 interviews, Podesta was mentioned repeatedly as the person most likely to take on the role of campaign chairman — or chief executive officer or another top role, depending on how a potential campaign would be structured — if Clinton runs in 2016.
The interest in Podesta is a reflection of both Clintons' comfort and familiarity with him, but also of his standing among progressive voters with whom Clinton has had a sometimes strained relationship," Politico reported at the time.
Clinton remains the clear frontrunner on the Democrat side in 2016 polls, RealClearPolitics reports.
A report last week
claimed she has hired two veteran Democrat operatives for her potential 2016 candidacy.
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