Biden Eyes Defeated Candidates for Key Administration Role

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Losing can have an upside. Just ask Rep. Abby Finkenauer, Sen. Doug Jones, and Rep. Donna Shalala. The list goes on. So does the age-old practice of an incoming president offering losing politicians a place in a new White House.

As Biden fills out his administration, his team is looking to recently defeated members of Congress. Finkenauer, of Iowa, is being considered for labor secretary. Jones, an Alabama senator who earlier prosecuted Klansmen for murder, is in the mix for attorney general. And Shalala, of Florida, is perhaps the most administration-ready, having already served eight years as secretary of health and human services under Bill Clinton.

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