Pelosi Announces Departure of Chief of Staff Nadeam Elshami, Names Daniel Weiss as New Chief of Staff

Sep 7, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the departure of her Chief of Staff for more than four years, Nadeam Elshami.  Today, Pelosi named Daniel Weiss as her new Chief of Staff. 

“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank Nadeam Elshami for his outstanding leadership for House Democrats and for more than 25 years of service to the House of Representatives,” Leader Pelosi said. “Nadeam’s deep insight and effectiveness has been a vital part of our Caucus’ unity throughout his time as Chief of Staff, especially during critical battles to protect the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street Reform and other landmark progress for working families.”

Elshami started on Capitol Hill in the Senate mailroom.  Prior to joining then-Speaker Pelosi’s staff in 2007, Elshami held senior communications positions in the offices of Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). 

“As I wish Nadeam well in his next chapter, I am proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Weiss as new Chief of Staff,” said Pelosi.  “Danny’s wise counsel has been an invaluable resource to House Democrats for many years.  Many of the most impactful initiatives for America’s children and working families passed by Congress have had Danny’s strategic judgment at their center in his role with George Miller.  I know my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus will benefit from his insight and leadership in his new role as Chief of Staff.”

Weiss is currently the vice president for federal policy and director of the Washington, D.C. regional office for Common Sense Media.  From 1988 to 2015, Weiss worked for former Congressman George Miller (D-CA), a member of the House Democratic leadership and a former chairman of three House committees.  Weiss served in multiple capacities in Miller’s personal office and committee staff, including as his chief of staff for 21 years.  

This transition will take place the 3rd week of September.   

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