Washington, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he will appoint his Chief of Staff Gary Myrick to serve as Secretary of the Majority for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Myrick will replace Lula Davis, who is retiring after 30 years of service in Congress. Additionally, Reid announced that David Krone, currently Deputy Chief of Staff, will succeed Myrick as Chief of Staff.
For the last 20 years, Myrick has been a mainstay of the Democratic Leadership having also worked for the past two Democratic leaders – George Mitchell and Tom Daschle. He was hired by then-Assistant Democratic Leader Reid in 2003 to work with him on the Senate Floor. Myrick was promoted to Chief of Staff in 2006 when Reid became Majority Leader. He is known as a skilled floor tactician who has been instrumental in aiding passage of difficult legislative efforts such as health insurance reform, Wall Street reform and the Recovery Act.
“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,” said Senator Reid. “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.”
Davis began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for the late Senator Russell B. Long. She worked her way through the ranks as an office assistant for the Democratic Policy Committee’s floor staff office, a member of the Democratic floor staff and, in 1995, she was promoted to chief floor assistant. In 1997, Davis assumed the position of assistant secretary and remained in that position until 2008, when she was elected secretary for the majority.
“Lula is quite simply a Senate institution, and for 30 years our caucus has been fortunate to have access to her unmatched knowledge of the issues and procedure,” Reid said. Many a junior and senior Senator has turned to Lula on the floor for guidance and with good reason – her advice was always without fault. While we will all miss Lula’s warm presence on the floor of the Senate, I am excited for her and her family as she embarks on a well-deserved retirement.”
Prior to joining Senator Reid’s office in 2009, Krone was Senior Vice President for Comcast. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Krone oversaw the integration of the Majority Leader’s policy, message and outreach operations. He also worked to build broad coalitions of support for Senator Reid’s initiatives in Nevada and for the Senate Democratic agenda.
“David has been a friend for many years, and for the last two years he has been an invaluable resource and trusted advisor,” said Senator Reid. “David’s experience in the private sector and commitment to public service will serve him well in this role as Chief of Staff. I am confident that he will be a tremendous leader for my office and a great resource for our caucus.”