Sheila Nix to be senior adviser to Joe Biden vice presidential pick

Nix, co-chair of the Illinois Biden team, served as Dr. Jill Biden’s chief of staff during the Obama administration.

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Sheila Nix, left, will serve as a senior adviser to Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. She led the Biden Illinois team with Chris Dunn.

Sheila Nix, left, will serve as a senior adviser to Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick. She led the Biden Illinois team with Chris Dunn.

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Former Jill Biden chief of staff Sheila Nix, an Oak Park resident, will be a senior adviser to the team the Joe Biden campaign put together to staff his soon-to-be-announced vice presidential pick.

Nix, along with Democratic activist Chris Dunn, has been a leader in the Illinois Biden campaign.

Nix has long ties to Joe and Jill Biden. Nix was Dr. Jill Biden’s chief of staff from April 2013 to the last day of the Obama/Biden administrations, Jan. 20, 2017.

In the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, with headquarters in Chicago, Nix was chief of staff for then-Vice President Biden.

She is the president of Tusk Philanthropies where she has overseen the development of its Mobile Voting Project, designed to boost voter turnout.

Nix and Brad Tusk, who founded the nonprofit, served together in the Blagojevich administration; Nix was a deputy governor. She went on become the U.S. executive director of the ONE Campaign.

Nix will also serve as a senior adviser to the spouse of Biden’s running mate.

Biden’s v.p. pick will be immediately thrust into the campaign with a staff that has been built up over the past weeks. Most of those staffers are veterans of Biden’s vice presidential operation or had roles in the Obama campaigns or administration.

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