President-elect Biden will reportedly tap former U.S.
Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford as the State Department’s chief of
The transition team has not officially confirmed the choice
that Axios reported
Axios notes Gifford would oversee functions at the State
Department and Blair House. Gifford would also travel regularly travel abroad
with Biden and liaise with the White House and foreign diplomats in D.C.
Gifford is one of six openly gay men who served as
ambassadors during the Obama administration.
Gifford and his husband, Stephen DeVincent, married
at Copenhagen City Hall in 2015. The two men starred in a reality show on
Danish television during Gifford’s ambassadorship.
Gifford supported Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign before he endorsed Biden ahead of the Iowa caucuses. The Biden campaign last April named Gifford deputy campaign manager.
Gifford has not responded to the Washington Blade’s request for comment.
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