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David Wade, longtime aide to John Kerry, to step down

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime chief of staff David Wade is stepping down this month, leaving the State Department to focus on being a new father, he wrote in an e-mail to employees.

Wade is one of Kerry’s longest-serving aides, having first joined his US senate office in 1997 and working in various roles over the next two decades. After serving a stint as Vice President Joe Biden’s spokesman during the 2008 campaign, Wade went back to Kerry as his chief of staff.

When Kerry became Secretary of State, Wade came, too, serving as chief of staff for the sprawling department. He has an encyclopedia memory of his boss’s life, votes, and policy positions.


Wade and his wife are expecting their first baby later this month, he wrote Wednesday in a staff e-mail announcing his departure, but it is unclear what job he might take next.

“I’ll be leaving the Department, taking time off just to be a Dad, and then thinking through what I’ll be doing next in terms of work,” Wade wrote, noting that he plans to leave around Feb. 20, “or earlier if nature intervenes.”

“The odds are that our son will arrive early, which is good by us as we’re really looking forward to meeting him and starting that sleepless adventure,” he wrote.

“I wanted to let each of you know how much I’ve enjoyed working here these last two years. This building and so many people who have made the State Department their life’s work couldn’t have been more welcoming or kind,” he added. “Every day has been a privilege, and every day has been interesting, challenging, and rewarding in the very best way.”

Matt Viser can be reached at matt.viser@globe.com.