Shailagh Murray

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Shailagh Murray
Senior Advisor to the President
Assumed office
April 3, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dan Pfeiffer
Personal details
Born 1965/1966 (age 52–53)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Missouri,

Northwestern University

Shailagh Murray is a Senior Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama.[1] She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Vice President Joe Biden.[2]

Prior to her service in the government, Murray worked as a journalist covering politics for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.[2]


Murray worked for the Wall Street Journal from 1999 to 2005.[2] She then became Capitol Hill correspondent for the Washington Post, covering the elections of 2006, 2008 and 2010.[2]

She joined the Office of the Vice President in 2011 as Communications Director and was later promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff.[3]

In March 2015, she was named as the successor to Dan Pfeiffer as Senior Advisor to the President with a Communications portfolio.[4]


  1. "Barack Obama names two new top aides". Politico. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Beth Reinhard (2013-07-16). "Shailagh Murray, Communications Director, Office of the Vice President". National Journal. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  3. "Biden names reporter as communications director". Los Angeles Times. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  4. Dana Milbank (2015-03-27). "Is this the end of the White House’s insufferable insularity?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor to the President