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Marc Short

Marc Short (born March 3, 1970) is a Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs and a contributor for CNN. He previously served as the White House Director of Legislative Affairs for President Trump; Chief of Staff for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Chief of Staff for the House Republican Conference; and President of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

Marc Short
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White House Director of Legislative Affairs
In office
January 20, 2017 – July 20, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byAmy Rosenbaum
Succeeded byShahira Knight
Personal details
Born (1970-03-03) March 3, 1970 (age 48)
Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kristen Short
EducationWashington and Lee University (BA)
University of Virginia (MBA)


Early life and educationEdit

Short was born in Virginia. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1992.[1]


Short served as finance director for Oliver North's unsuccessful 1994 Senate campaign in Virginia. He then worked as spokesperson and executive director for The Freedom Alliance. Short was also the executive director of Young America's Foundation.[2] In 1998, the group purchased the Reagan Ranch in California,[3] with the intention of using it for leadership seminars for college students. Short managed the property with his wife and got his start in fundraising from conservative donors.[2] The Shorts then returned to Virginia, where he received his MBA from the University of Virginia.[1]

Following his graduation, Short was hired as a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security. He then worked for Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, eventually becoming her chief of staff. When Hutchison ran for Governor of Texas, Short started working for then-Congressman Mike Pence, who named him chief of staff for the House Republican Conference in 2009. He remained in the position until 2011.[1] Short was then hired by Freedom Partners, a non-profit, 501(c)(6) chamber of commerce located in Arlington, Virginia that is largely funded by Charles and David Koch. He served as the organization's President from 2011 to 2016.[1] In February 2016, Short left his position at Freedom Partners to start his own consulting firm. Among his clients were Marco Rubio's presidential campaign and Pence's Indiana gubernatorial campaign.[1] Pence eventually withdrew from the gubernatorial race to become Trump's running mate. On June 16, 2016, Short was named Communications Advisor to then Vice Presidential candidate Pence.[4][5][6]

President Trump named Short the Director of Legislative Affairs on January 4, 2017.[7]

Short announced he would leave the White House post in the summer of 2018, citing “diminishing returns” of pushing President Donald Trump’s agenda.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Marc and Kristen Short were married in 1997.[2] They have three children and live in Arlington, Virginia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cheney, Kyle; Nussbaum, Matthew (January 18, 2017). "Donald Trump's man on the Hill". Politico.
  2. ^ a b c Purdum, Todd S. (May 24, 1998). "Keeping Reagan's Legacy Alive at His Old Ranch". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Lach, Eric (September 16, 2013). "Meet The Man Who Runs The Koch Brothers' Secret Bank". TPM.
  4. ^ Goldmacher, Shane (January 2, 2017). "Trump expected to name Marc Short legislative affairs director". Politico.
  5. ^ "The Latest: Trump campaign names staffers to help Pence". US News. AP. July 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Rucker, Philip; Gold, Matea (July 16, 2016). "Mike Pence integrates longtime advisers with Trump campaign". Washington Post.
  7. ^ Nakamura, David (January 4, 2017). "Trump announces additional White House staff". Washington Post.
  8. ^ Michael C. Bender (June 14, 2018). "White House Capitol Hill Envoy to Leave Post, Citing 'Diminishing Returns'". Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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