The presumed Democratic Party nominee for president will have a Delawarean guiding his search for a vice presidential ticket mate.
Former vice president Joe Biden announced that US Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester would be one of four Democrats on a committee that will lead the search for and vetting of a running mate.
Others on the committee are former US Senator Christopher Dodd, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Cynthia Hogan, a lawyer and former advisor to Biden in the Senate and White House.
In the Democrat’s last debate with Bernie Sanders, Biden committed to picking a female as his vice president. A graduate of Padua Academy, Blunt Rochester is the first female and first African American to be elected to Congress from Delaware.
Biden has said the process for selecting his choice could go into July.
In her second term in Congress, Blunt Rochester was already serving the Biden campaign as national co-chair.
The appointment comes as Biden defends himself against allegations that he sexually assaulted a former aide, Tara Reade, in 1993. In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday, Biden was pressed to open his official papers archived at the University of Delaware to be searched for any information regarding a possible complaint by Reade.