Screencap of Chuck Schumer speaking with a woman to his left Picture of Mitch McConnell speaking with a woman to his right

They seem not to be Senators. Who are they?

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    "They seem not to be senators" based on what, exactly?
    – Federico
    May 16 '17 at 8:12
  • Funnily, most Senators (including Schumer) did not respond to a PBS question as to the identity of the aide sitting behind them in speeches. pbs.org/newshour/politics/whos-behind-the-senator
    – Fizz
    Jan 22 '20 at 6:35
  • I'm VTCing this question as the prototypical "too broad" question. The answer below is half-good, half-bad as alas is typical of such questions.
    – Fizz
    Jan 22 '20 at 7:05

They are not Senators but rather Senate-elected officers.

The person in the 1st picture seems to be the Secretary of the Senate, Julie E. Adams.

Image 1

While the person in the 2nd picture is the Secretary for the Majority, Laura Dove.

Image 2

Photos from http://www.senate.gov/senators/leadership.htm.

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    The person int he 1st picture does not seem to be the Secretary of the Senate. I think the person is probably a staff member of the Schumer team. May 16 '17 at 19:21
  • Here is a clearer screenshot from today's Russian diplomat meeting speech i.imgur.com/BxO8vRn.png May 16 '17 at 19:24
  • I'm also pretty sure it's not Adams sitting behind Schumer. You can see a better photo of Adams in ussenateyouth.org/…
    – Fizz
    Jan 22 '20 at 6:57

The woman to the right of Schumer is his deputy chief of staff, Erin Sager Vaughn

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    Welcome to Politics.SE! Could you add a link to a source where we can see Ms Vaughn for comparison?
    – Machavity
    Jan 22 '18 at 20:21

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