Nancy Erickson earned a bachelor’s degree in government and history from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1984 and a master’s degree in public policy from American University. She began her career as a Presidential Management Intern in 1988, where she gained administrative experience in executive departments, and concluded her PMI rotations as a fellow in the office of Senator Tom Daschle. She soon gained a position on his legislative staff and served for 16 years, rising to be his deputy chief of staff. Erickson was appointed as the Democratic representative to the sergeant at arms by Senator Harry Reid prior to her election as secretary. As secretary, Erickson achieved greater efficiency in Senate offices to provide improved services to the Senate community in an era of tight budgets. She oversaw implementation of the new financial disclosure e-filing system and a new payroll system, secured steady funding for continued work on the restoration of the Brumidi corridors, and instituted online ordering for the Senate Stationery Room.
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