Former Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D) and Teri Hawks Goodmann, a Democratic activist and another longtime Biden ally, will lead the group’s efforts in the Hawkeye State. 

McCarthy, who served as Biden’s state chairman for his 2008 bid, said in a statement that Biden “is the real deal” and “would bring an unmatched combination of authenticity and electability” to the race.

Draft Biden also announced on Friday that around a dozen Iowa elected officials have signed on to the effort as committee members, as well as a pair of political operatives, to direct organizing efforts in the state.

The staff moves lend new credibility to the budding effort to convince the vice president to run against former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s front-runner.