Nancy Erickson was elected secretary of the Senate when the Senate convened on January 4, 2007. She was the thirty-second person, and the sixth woman, to serve as secretary of the Senate.
Erickson began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1987 with the General Accounting Office’s audit sites at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following her selection as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) in 1988, Nancy gained insight into management activities at the Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Care Financing Administration, which oversaw Medicare and Medicaid operations. Nancy concluded her rotations in the PMI program as a fellow in the Office of Senator Tom Daschle, where she ultimately accepted a legislative staff position.
A sixteen year veteran of Senator Daschle’s staff, Nancy held a variety of positions in the legislative, scheduling, and constituent outreach functions of the office. She was named deputy chief of staff following Senator Daschle’s election as Democratic Leader. Most recently, Nancy has served as the Democratic Representative in the Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Office, a position appointed by Senator Harry Reid.
Erickson, a native of South Dakota, received bachelor of arts degrees in Government and History from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1984. She also earned a M.A. in public policy from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1987.