|White House Director of Legislative Affairs|
|Preceded by||Amy Rosenbaum|
March 3, 1970 |
|Alma mater||Washington and Lee University
University of Virginia
Marc Short (born March 3, 1970) is an American political operative and the current White House Director of Legislative Affairs for President Donald Trump. A Republican, Short previously served as chief of staff for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and under Mike Pence for the House Republican Conference. Short was previously President of Freedom Partners, a political donor network affiliated with the Koch Brothers.
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 worked for the Bush administration's Department of Homeland Security as a spokesperson. 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 501(c)(6) Koch Brothers political fund, to oversee the spending of money raised at donor summits. for five years. He served as the organization's President from 2012 to 2015. A June 2012 Politico article described Short as one of the Koch's "liaisons to Washington's professional conservative class." He represented the Kochs at meetings for the Karl Rove-led Weaver Terrace Group. According to the National Review, in February 2016, Short presented Charles Koch with a "eight-figure blueprint for derailing" Donald Trump's presidential campaign through a series of negative ads on Super Tuesday. Executives and advisors representing Koch's corporate interests opposed the move and the proposal was refused.
A week later, on February 23, 2016, Short left his position at Freedom Partners and joined Senator Marco Rubio's presidential campaign as a senior advisor. On June 16, 2016, Short was named to the campaign staff of Pence, serving as his communications adviser.