Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced the formation of a transition team to handle the transfer of power at the White House if the Democratic candidate is elected to succeed President Barack Obama.
Ken Salazar, a former secretary of the interior and Colorado senator, will head the team as part of the traditional preparations ahead of the November 8 elections, her campaign said.
“Once Hillary Clinton makes history by being elected as the nation’s first woman president, we want to have a turnkey operation in place so she can hit the ground running right away,” Salazar said in a statement.
The transition teams have been funded by the federal government since 2010, enabling them to set up office space in Washington and operate as not-for-profit organizations.
Besides Salazar, Clinton’s team includes former Obama national security adviser Tom Donilon; Neera Tanden, a longtime Clinton adviser who heads the liberal Center for American Progress; former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm; and Maggie Williams, director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a former Clinton campaign manager.