Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that Lorraine Voles will become her new chief of staff after the departure of Tina Flournoy, who has held the position since last summer.
Voles served as Vice President Al Gore’s communications director and also advised then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008. She came into the administration last summer after a staff shakeup where several who held key roles resigned.
Flournoy stepped into the chief of staff role last summer as well. She worked in the Bill Clinton White House, for Clinton’s re-election campaign, and Al Gore’s 2000 presidential run.
Harris said in a statement, “Tina has been a valued advisor and confidant to me and tremendous leader for the office. From day 1, she led our team during a historic first year as we made progress rebuilding our economy here at home and our alliances around the world.”
More staff departures+
Harris also said she would continue to rely on Flournoy for guidance and support even as Voles steps into the chief of staff role.
Flournoy announced her departure and Voles’ appointment, which will occur later this spring, in an email to colleagues and staffers, which was obtained by Politico.
“It is likely that this news will appear in print today — which means that I will not have the opportunity to share it with each of you myself,” Flournoy wrote. “I will be eternally grateful to the Vice President for giving me this amazing opportunity.”
“I’ve known Lorraine since the Clinton Administration and she’s been here in this office since August working with all of us. She and I will continue to work with each other and with all of you on the upcoming transition, she continued.
Just like Trump?
The departure comes as Harris has seen a steady stream of departures even after last year when several staff resigned amid reports of negativity and a hostile work environment in the VP’s office.
Senior adviser and spokesperson Symone Sanders, national security adviser Nancy McEldowney, and communications director Ashley Etienne have all departed since December.
Let’s not forget that former President Donald Trump also had a high number of staff turnovers during his time in office.
As the White House pointed out, these positions are “grueling and exhausting,” and it’s possible that the staffers just burned out in a short period of time.