Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's senior communications adviser Jim Manley is leaving the Senate after two decades on Capitol Hill.
"After more than 20 years in the Senate, including one full six year cycle with Senator Reid, it's about time for me to try something new," Manley said in a statement.
Manley started his service in the communications shop for then Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and then moved to the press office of Senator Ted Kennedy, where he worked for 11 years.
"While I love the Senate very much, and had a great time working for Senators Mitchell, Kennedy and Reid, I'm itching for a new adventure," said Manley.
Manley is well respected by reporters for walking the difficult line of doing his job protecting his bosses, but also being a straight shooter - always available to answer journalists' questions.
Earlier this week, Reid announced he was creating a new position for Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York to lead the Senate Democrats' communications and messaging.
That means Schumer will take over Reid's communications war room that Manley had been running.
Reid issued a statement regarding Manley's departure.
"Jim is one of best communicators I have ever had the fortune of working with. Dating back to his time with former Majority Leader George Mitchell and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Jim has been the gold standard in his profession. He represents the very best of our party and our country, and there are countless young communicators who owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for paving the way."
"Our office will sorely miss Jim's insight, candor and sense of humor, all of which have made it easier for me to do my job. Jim has earned the respect of Senators and staff members on both sides of the aisle, and I am proud to call him a friend. I know that whatever challenge he decides to tackle next, he will be the best man for the job. Landra and I wish him the very best on his future endeavors."