Julie Chavez Rodriguez selected to run Biden’s reelection campaign

The granddaughter of UFW founder Cesar Chavez becomes the second-ever Valley native to helm a major Presidential campaign.

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of UFW founder Cesar Chavez, has been selected by President Joe Biden to run his reelection campaign.

Rodriguez, a native of Delano, will be the second Central Valley native to run a presidential campaign. 


The big picture: The Associated Press reported Sunday that Biden is expected to name Rodriguez as his reelection campaign manager. 

  • The appointment has not been made official because Biden has not formally launched his campaign yet. 
  • She served as the deputy campaign manager for Biden’s 2020 presidential bid. 

State of play: Rodriguez’s appointment as campaign manager continues her lengthy career working with high-ranking Democrats. 

  • Rodriguez is currently a Senior Advisor and Assistant to Biden, as well as the Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. 
  • Before teaming up with Biden for the 2020 campaign, Rodriguez launched Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign and served as the California State Director when Harris was in the Senate. 

The backstory: The only other Central Valley native to helm a major presidential campaign was Tony Coelho, a former Congressman from Los Banos who initially ran Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 campaign before being replaced by Donna Brazile.

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