Pelosi Announces Departure of Chief of Staff Daniel Weiss, Names Terri McCullough as New Chief of Staff

March 8, 2019
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the departure of her Chief of Staff, Daniel Weiss with boundless gratitude and great respect for his great leadership.

“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank Danny Weiss for his leadership and for nearly 28 years of invaluable service to the House of Representatives,” Speaker Pelosi said.  “Danny’s efforts were vital to our Caucus’ strength and unity throughout his time as Chief of Staff, as Democrats developed our For The People agenda and won an historic midterm victory.  I am especially indebted to him for his masterful work orchestrating the transition to the Speaker’s office.”

Prior to joining then-Democratic Leader Pelosi’s staff in September 2017, Weiss was 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.

“As we wish Danny well in his next chapter, I am proud to announce the appointment of Terri McCullough as my new Chief of Staff,” said Pelosi.  “Terri's far-ranging leadership and deep Congressional experience will be an invaluable resource for our Majority, and I am thrilled to welcome her back to my office in this new capacity.”

McCullough will be the first woman in modern times to serve as Chief of Staff to the Speaker in a paid, full-time capacity.

Terri McCullough has 25 years of government and nonprofit experience. She returns to Speaker Pelosi’s office, where she began her career as an intern in the San Francisco district office in 1991.  Over the years, she worked her way from scheduler to legislative assistant, Appropriations associate and ultimately, Chief of Staff in the Speaker’s Congressional office from 2003 to 2011.

McCullough has spent much of her career working to advance the rights and opportunities of women and families, and create equity of opportunity for all.  She has advocated for the reproductive health and rights of American families, worked to promote civic dialogue and the arts, fought to support U.S. women-owned businesses, and created partnerships to evaluate and advance progress in gender equity globally.

"Terri is an exemplary manager, motivator and mentor," Speaker Pelosi said. "Her wisdom and strategic insight will strengthen our Democratic Majority and our institution, especially in this transformational Congress led by a historic number of women serving in the House of Representatives."

Terri McCullough will assume the position of Chief of Staff on March 25.