Kamala Harris Is a Disaster for a Reason – Her Staff Never Sticks Around: Vice President Kamala Harris has a brand new chief of staff – and she’ll no doubt be hoping that her revolving door doesn’t catch her on her way in.
Sheila Nix, who served as Harris’ chief of staff during her time as a California senator, will serve as chief of staff for the vice president after serving in the White House since 2021 and in Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Nix has a long history of working with both the president and the vice president, too, having served as First Lady Jill Biden’s chief of staff between April 2014 and January 2017.
Not only will Nix serve as the vice president’s chief of staff until the end of the Biden administration’s first term, she is also expected to join the Biden-Harris reelection campaign in July.
In a statement, Vice President Harris described Nix as a “battle-tested leader and dedicated public servant,” adding that she is grateful to join the campaign.
“Sheila is no stranger to campaigns or the Biden-Harris team. Sheila’s strategic sense and ability to navigate challenges made her an invaluable advisor to me on our 2020 general election team. President Biden and I will continue to rely on Sheila’s advice and skill,” the statement continued.
Will She Stick with VP Kamala Harris?
While Nix is certainly qualified for the job, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Vice President Kamala Harris has struggled to hold on to many of her most important members of staff.
In fact, barely more than a year into the job, the Biden administration saw more than 25 key members of staff leaving their roles and pursuing entirely different careers.
In April 2022, Harris’ deputy chief of staff Michael Fuchs announced that he was leaving the administration. His sudden resignation followed a string of others, including Peter Velz, the one-time press officer for the vice president, as well as vice presidential national security adviser Amb. Nancy McEldowney.
Rumors of a toxic work environment in the vice president’s office have existed since her first year on the job, too.
In 2021, a Politico report described the vice president’s office as “chaotic” and with an atmosphere that was “tense and at times dour.”
Former Kamala Harris staffers later told Business Insider that the report was likely accurate, and described how the report reflected their experiences working with her before she entered the White House.
“So many people recognized themselves in it, or recognized treatment they had seen or treatment they had heard about and dismissed,” one former aide said. “Rarely in life are we publicly vindicated.”
Time will tell how long Nix lasts, then – but with her vast experience working with the Bidens and Harris herself. She may well be a strategic hire designed to finally stop that revolving door from spinning quite so rapidly.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.