Barack Obama adds 3 more White House aides

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With just 65 days left before Barack Obama is sworn in as president, his transition team continues to move fast to fill key senior jobs in the White House.

Obama, who relinquished his Senate seat Sunday, added three veterans from his campaign and Senate office to his incoming White House operations.

The president-elect has tapped his Senate chief of staff Pete Rouse to be a White House Senior Adviser while Mona Sutphen and Jim Messina will both serve as deputy chiefs of staff.

“These individuals are important additions to a team with the experience and ability to help our nation overcome pressing challenges at home and around the world,” Obama said in a statement.

Ms. Sutphen has been managing director of Stonebridge International LLC, a consulting firm based in Washington. She previously was a U.S. Foreign Service officer and served in the White House at the National Security Council.

Mr. Messina served as the national chief of staff for the Obama campaign. He had been chief of staff for Senators Max Baucus and Byron Dorgan and Representative Carolyn McCarthy, from Long Island.

Obama will meet Monday in Chicago with Arizona Senator John McCain, the man he defeated in the election earlier this month. The two will talk about ways they will work together in the upcoming administration.