Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday announced the hiring of a new chief of staff, one of the latest changes the Nevada Democrat has made since the Nov. 2 elections.
Reid’s chief of staff, Gary Myrick, now becomes secretary of the majority for the Democratic caucus, replacing Lula Davis, who is retiring at the end of the year. As secretary, Myrick, who is known for his knowledge of Senate rules and procedures, will oversee floor operations. David Krone, Reid’s deputy chief of staff, will replace Myrick as Reid’s top aide.
A release sent Wednesday describes Myrick as “a mainstay of the Democratic Leadership.” Myrick has been on Reid’s staff since 2003 and became chief of staff in 2006. Myrick previously worked for two Democratic leaders — Sens. George Mitchell (Maine) and Tom Daschle (S.D.).
“Gary has done an outstanding job leading our team for the last four years and his presence and judgment have set the right tone for our legislative victories,” Reid said in the release. “Gary’s mastery of Senate procedure and knowledge of this institution are invaluable to me and our entire Caucus. I am pleased that he will continue to be an invaluable resource to all of us as our next Secretary of the Majority.”
Since 2009, Krone “oversaw the integration of the Majority Leader’s policy, message and outreach operations” as Reid’s deputy chief of staff. He previously served as a senior vice president at Comcast.
““David’s experience in the private sector and commitment to public service will serve him well in this role as Chief of Staff,” Reid said. “I am confident that he will be a tremendous leader for my office and a great resource for our caucus.”
Davis has worked in Congress for three decades, working in the Democratic Policy Committee’s floor staff and carving out a specialty with floor operations. Reid called Davis “a Senate institution” and said “her advice was always without fault.”
The release did not specify the effective date for the staff changes.
The announcement comes two days after Reid announced he was expanding the messaging operations at the DPC and elevating Sen. Charles Schumer to lead that office. The New York Democrat already serves as the vice chairman of the Conference and will continue in that role next year.