Shailagh Murray

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Shailagh Murray
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Senior Advisor to the President
In office
April 3, 2015 – January 20, 2017
Serving with Brian Deese
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dan Pfeiffer
Succeeded by Jared Kushner
Stephen Miller
Personal details
Born Shailagh Jane Murray
(1965-10-09) October 9, 1965 (age 52)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Neil King Jr
Education University of Missouri,
Northwestern University (MA)

Shailagh Jane Murray (born October 9, 1965) is an American political aide and former journalist who served as 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] She is married to Neil King Jr., currently employed by Fusion GPS, the same entity who delivered the Trump dossier and was the former global economics editor for The Wall Street Journal. Mr. King was the deputy Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal at the time of her Senior Advisor appointment.[3]


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.[4]

In March 2015, she was named as the successor to Dan Pfeiffer as Senior Advisor to the President with a communications portfolio.[3]


  1. ^ "Barack Obama names two new top aides". Politico. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Beth Reinhard (2013-07-16). "Shailagh Murray, Communications Director, Office of the Vice President". National Journal. Archived from the original on 2015-05-24. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b Dana Milbank (2015-03-27). "Is this the end of the White House's insufferable insularity?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Biden names reporter as communications director". Los Angeles Times. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor to the President
With: Brian Deese
Valerie Jarrett
Succeeded by
Jared Kushner
Stephen Miller