Indian American Asha Armstrong Hired as Cloakroom Assistant for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries

  • She previously was a scheduler and legislative aide for Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Asha Armstrong has been hired as a cloakroom assistant for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. She previously was a scheduler and legislative aide for Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).  The young Indian American shared the news in a LinkedIn post. “I am happy to share that I am the new House Democratic Cloakroom Assistant for the Office of the Democratic Leader,” she wrote, adding that she’s “grateful” for her time in Ranking Member Nadler’s office and is “looking forward to taking this next step.”

The cloakrooms are off the House and Senate chambers’ floor, providing members “the ability to converse, relax, discuss legislative strategy, or prepare for Floor business,” according to the House Democratic Cloakroom website. Each party has its own cloakroom. The duties of cloakroom attendants include “alerting lawmakers when votes are coming up, telling them whether the chamber will be open on a snow day and working with pages to deliver messages,” CNN noted in a report. 

According to her LinkedIn profile, Armstrong began her Washington career as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.). Before working for Rep. Naddler, she also interned with Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.). Prior to that, she worked as an intern in California with the state’s Democratic Party and the state Senate, as well as with the legal department of Molina Healthcare. 

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She graduated in 2021 from American University with a degree in Political Science and Government and a minor in Communications. 

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