While President-elect Joe Biden continues to announce members of his officers in the White House, African American women will be called to high-profile roles in the new administration.
The latest is Shuwanza Goff, who has been appointed assistant director of the White House Legislative Affairs Bureau.
Goff is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the American University. A familiar face on Capitol Hill, she has been Floor Director for the House of Representatives since 2013 under the House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).
Goff made history as the first black woman to hold this position. He determined which bills went on the floor of the house, set the timing for the legislation, and helped shape the entire House Democratic agenda. She previously served as Director of Legislative Operations for Hoyer when he was a minority whip, as well as Floor Aide, Floor Assistant and Staff Assistant.
In a statement, Hoyer called Goff “a very experienced and talented person”.
“In her twelve years as a staff member, Shuwanza has become an expert on the legislative process and has built close relationships with committees, members and staff across the Democratic caucus, as well as members and staff on the Republican side of the aisle.” he said.
He added that Goff was instrumental in turning House Democrats’ election pledges into a “successful legislative agenda,” with nearly all appropriation laws passed before the end of July for the last two consecutive years. When the pandemic hit, Goyer said, Goff also worked hard to ensure that this institution could safely and efficiently continue its work for the American people.
“While I deeply regret losing Shuwanza from my co-workers, I know that the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress will greatly benefit from your service. … I look forward to continuing to work closely with Shuwanza in this new role. “
In addition to the appointments, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have begun meeting with elected officials and more.
“The American people want our government to come to work, and today’s candidates will help advance our agenda and ensure that every American has a fair shot,” Biden said in a statement. “In the [my] Administration we have an open door [Capitol] Hill and this team will ensure that their views are always represented in the White House. “
Shuwanza Goff Photo courtesy of the Biden Transition Team.