Democratic campaign strategist Quentin Fulks, who previously worked on Raphael Warnock’s gubernatorial campaign, has been chosen as the principal deputy manager of President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.

As Biden formally launches his reelection bid, he is tapping a collection of new operatives to lead his run for another term. Fulks, a rising star within the Democratic Party, is now poised to be one of the chief architects of the campaign.

A 33-year-old Georgia Southwestern State University and American University graduate, Fulks made a name for himself as a leader of two of the most expensive statewide election campaigns in recent years. First, Fulks was the deputy manager for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, D-Ill., as he won the race in 2018. Then, he promoted Pritzker’s agenda as head of the advocacy organization Think Big Illinois. Fulks then led the successful $200 million reelection campaign of Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., in 2022. Now, Fulks, who has been serving as a Harvard Institute of Politics fellow, will be hitting his most prominent campaign trail yet.

With Fulks at the head of the Warnock campaign, the senator won the 2022 Georgia election more significantly than Biden won in the state in 2020. The race, in which Warnock raised more money than any other Senate race in American history, received substantial national attention and represented a rare Democratic victory in a Republican-led state as U.S. politics became more polarized. Fulks said he believes his campaign in Georgia offers a lesson for the president and other Democrats looking to campaign in the South and other red areas. “We can’t just look at someone and say, ‘Oh, you’re a Republican, so we can’t talk to you,’ “Fulks said in a recent interview.

The Biden campaign takes shape

Fulks joins a star-studded and diverse team seeking to reelect Biden. As deputy campaign manager, Fulks will work with Julie Chávez Rodríguez, who Biden announced would run his campaign. Chávez Rodríguez is the granddaughter of famed labor leader Cesar Chávez. As director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, The New York Times noted Chávez Rodríguez has been “the highest-ranking Latina in the White House.” The Biden campaign also named its co-chairs, including Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich.

Reaction to Biden hiring Fulks has been overwhelmingly positive from Democratic circles. Gov. Pritzker’s chief of staff, Anne Caprara, tweeted, “I know he’s going to do an amazing job for @POTUS and for the country in his new role.”

Twitter user @QondiNtini posted a “Congratulations” message to Fulks on the social media site, adding “you are now Campaign Bae,” a nickname others on Twitter have responded to positively.

Nicknames aside, Fulks will have a lot of serious work ahead of him as he seeks to help Biden win another four years in office. Though much of Fulks’ work will presumably be behind the scenes, his impact will be seen throughout the country as he helps shape the Biden campaign through 2024.