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Sheila Nix, a spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign, talks with reporters Thursday, June 1, 2006, in Chicago about a report of lists which indicate the governor's office reviewed and approved hundreds of employment decisions. Nix acknowledged that it took from January 2003 when Blagojevich took office until the following October to change the system, saying that it took that long to "make the changes that were needed."
It appears a link to Rod Blagojevich is not considered a resume-building asset.
At least if you are taking a job at the White House.
The Obama administration has announced that former Illinois Democratic Party stalwart Sheila Nix has taken the job of Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
“I am thrilled to have Sheila take on this new role,” Dr. Biden says in the official White House statement. “She’s a terrific leader and I know that her wide-ranging experience, strategic vision, and passion will continue to move us forward.”
Nix’s “wide ranging experience” includes a number of years which are deleted from her official White House biography: the term she served in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Governor, for former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
“Nix brings a wealth of experience, having worked in federal and state government and politics for more than 20 years,” the statement says. “Her public service career includes serving as the first Chief of Staff to Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, and serving as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Senator Bob Kerrey. She also served as the Budget Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.”
Nix began as a senior advisor to Blagojevich, was later deputy campaign manager, and served as a spokesman during his 2006 campagin for re-election. She served as Deputy Governor from 2006 to 2008.
Nix left the Blagojevich administration in June of 2008, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. After her departure, Blagojevich appointed her to a post on the Chicago Transit Authority board.
Most recently, Nix served as Chief of Staff for the Vice President during the 2012 re-election campaign.