|White House Director of Legislative Affairs|
January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Amy Rosenbaum|
March 3, 1970 |
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University
University of Virginia
Marc Short (born March 3, 1970) is the current White House Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Assistant to the President for U.S. President Donald J. Trump. Short previously served as Chief of Staff for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; Chief of Staff for the House Republican Conference; and President of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. Short has been described as “a general that’s looking over the field and taking it all in and then making the appropriate call based on what he sees … Those are the kind of guys that you need in an administration.”
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. In 1998, the group purchased the Reagan Ranch in California, 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. The Shorts then returned to Virginia, where he received his MBA from the University of Virginia.
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. Short was then hired by Freedom Partners, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(6) chamber of commerce located in Arlington, Virginia. He served as the organization's President from 2011 to 2016.
In February 2016, Short left his position at Freedom Partners to start his own consulting firm. He served as a paid advisor to Marco Rubio's presidential campaign and Pence's Indiana gubernatorial campaign. 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.
President Trump named Short the Director of Legislative Affairs on January 4, 2017.
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