Kamala Harris Names New Chief of Staff
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has named a new Chief of Staff as she prepares to make a decision on a presidential run over the holidays. Rohini Kosoglu has assumed the helm in Harris’ DC office, where she has served as the Senator’s Deputy Chief of Staff since 2017. The promotion makes Kosoglu the only Asian American woman currently serving as a Chief in the Senate. The daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants is a legislative and policy expert with more than a decade of Senate experience. She began her political career as a mailroom manager for Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). After working her way up to Senior Policy Advisor, she then moved on to Senator Michael Bennett's (D-CO)office as his Senior Health Care Advisor. During her time in the Senate, she has managed legislative activity involving landmark laws, including the Affordable Care Act. The University of Michigan graduate, who earned her Master’s from George Washington University, said part of her job as Chief of Staff will be to keep the Senator's door open to young people and show that "this is the job that they can have. This is the job that they can see themselves in." In an interview with Roll Call earlier this year, she said, “I definitely try to prioritize if any women, particularly women of color ... just want to meet to talk about how to move up on the Hill or they’re interested in working on the Hill.” Harris has two books coming out next year and is expected to kick off her highly anticipated presidential campaign in January. More here.