Former Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s new campaign manager has deep Ohio roots

Greg Schultz, a native of North Royalton, will serve as campaign manager and oversee the campaign’s day–to–day operations, the campaign announced.

Biden formally announced he was running for the Democratic nomination for president Thursday and also released an initial list of campaign hires.

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In a statement, Schultz said the campaign was “incredibly proud” of the diverse team assembled for Biden’s campaign, adding, “We are excited to get to work to share Vice President Biden’s vision in every corner of the country.”

Schultz was Ohio’s Obama for America state director in 2012 and served as director of the Franklin County Democratic Party in 2012 before resigning amid investigations by county officials and the Ohio secretary of state’s office into payments made to Democratic campaign fundraiser Melissa Barnhart.

Schultz said in his resignation letter that he was stepping down as chairman to focus full–time on Barack Obama’s re–election campaign, making no mention of the fundraising controversy in his resignation letter.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he most recently served as executive director of Biden’s American Possibility PAC, which he had led since June 2017.

Schultz also served as a senior adviser to Biden and special assistant to Obama from 2013 to 2017 and executive assistant to then-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland from 2008 to 2009.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 2003 and a master’s degree in education in 2004 from Ohio State University.

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