Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner – who is widely expected to run for governor in 2022 – is hiring a new chief of staff, Seth Klaiman.

Klaiman, who has a long record of experience in Rhode Island politics, is currently chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, a post he has held for seven years. He starts his new job December 7.

"Seth's years of government experience will assist us in our ongoing mission of strengthening Rhode Island economy and serving as a responsible steward of the state's finances," Magaziner said in a tweet.

Klaiman previously worked on campaigns for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, former U.S. Rep. Bob Weygand, and former Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts.

Mike DeAngelis, who has been Langevin's finance director and campaign manager since 2013, will suceed Klaiman as chief of staff.

“I want to thank Seth for his invaluable work as a member of my team,” Langevin said in a statement. “While Seth certainly leaves big shoes to fill, I am confident that Mike will excel in this new role as we continue our diligent work for the Second Congressional District. Mike offers a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Rhode Island and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to making our state better. I am fortunate to have him at the helm of my district operations.”  

DeAngelis previously served as finance director for Pedro Segarra's winning Hartford mayoral run in 2011, and he was deputy manager for Steven Costantino's Providence mayoral run in 2010.

As chief of staff for Magaziner, Klaiman will succeed Kate Brock.

Magaziner is expected to be part of a crowded Democratic field for governor in 2022. The list of potential candidates includes Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Langevin, who first won election to Congress in 2000, has also been a source of speculation as a possible gubernatorial candidate, particularly since Rhode Island may face the loss of one of its two congressional districts.

In a tweet, Magaziner announced that LeeAnn Byrne has been promoted to deputy chief of staff, and Charon Rose promoted to deputy treasurer for financial empowerment and community outreach.

Ian Donnis covers politics for The Public’s Radio. He can be reached at idonnis@ripr.org. This post has been updated.