Marc Short

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Marc Short
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Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Assumed office
March 2019
Vice PresidentMike Pence
Preceded byNick Ayers
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 49)
Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kristen Short
ParentsDick Short
EducationWashington and Lee University (BA)
University of Virginia (MBA)

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. Since March 2019, Short has served as the Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Marc Short was born in Virginia, the son of Richard T. "Dick" Short III, a wealthy insurance executive, and his wife Florence "Kim" Timolat Short.[2] The family lived "in a comfortable waterfront home on the eastern tip of Virginia Beach’s Bay Island."[3] He attended Norfolk Academy from grade school to high school.[3]

He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1992.[4] While an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University, Short co-founded The Spectator in 1989, a conservative paper. He served as editor until 1992, when he graduated.[5] In a column for the paper, Short "disparaged people living with HIV and AIDS," stating "the propaganda campaign ignited by gay activists and carelessly perpetuated by journalists whose intent is to scare all heterosexuals into believing they are prime targets for contraction of the disease. The campaign's purpose is both to lobby Congress for more federal funding of AIDS research and to destigmatize the perverted lifestyles homosexuals pursue."[5][6][7]


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.[8] In 1998, the group purchased the Reagan Ranch in California,[9] 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.[8] The Shorts then returned to Virginia, where he received his MBA from the University of Virginia.[4]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[10][11][12]

President Trump named Short the Director of Legislative Affairs on January 4, 2017.[13]

Short announced he would leave the White House post in the summer of 2018, citing “diminishing returns” of pushing President Donald Trump’s agenda.[14]

On February 19, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence announced Short would be his next Chief of Staff, beginning in March 2019.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Marc and Kristen Short were married in 1997.[8] They have three children and live in Arlington, Virginia.[4] He is an evangelical Christian.[15]


  1. ^ a b Pence, Vice President Mike (2019-02-19). "I am pleased to announce that Marc Short will be returning to the White House to serve as my chief of staff. Marc will be joining the Office of the Vice President in March and we look forward to welcoming him to our great @VP Team!". @VP. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  2. ^ "SHORT, RICHARD T. IV". Richmond Times-Dispatch. August 28, 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bartel, Bill (April 22, 2017). "Virginia Beach native Marc Short follows his father's footsteps to a key post in Trump White House". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Cheney, Kyle; Nussbaum, Matthew (January 18, 2017). "Donald Trump's man on the Hill". Politico.
  5. ^ a b Markay, Lachlan; Stein, Sam (February 27, 2019). "Pence's Incoming Chief of Staff, Marc Short, Disparaged People Living With AIDS for 'Repugnant' Gay Sex in College Column". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Mills Rodrigo, Chris (February 27, 2019). "Pence's incoming chief of staff apologizes for college column disparaging people living with AIDS". The Hill. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Duffy, Nick (February 27, 2019). "Mike Pence aide Marc Short attacked gay people's 'perverted lifestyles'". Pink News. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Purdum, Todd S. (May 24, 1998). "Keeping Reagan's Legacy Alive at His Old Ranch". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Lach, Eric (September 16, 2013). "Meet The Man Who Runs The Koch Brothers' Secret Bank". TPM.
  10. ^ Goldmacher, Shane (January 2, 2017). "Trump expected to name Marc Short legislative affairs director". Politico.
  11. ^ "The Latest: Trump campaign names staffers to help Pence". US News. AP. July 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Rucker, Philip; Gold, Matea (July 16, 2016). "Mike Pence integrates longtime advisers with Trump campaign". Washington Post.
  13. ^ Nakamura, David (January 4, 2017). "Trump announces additional White House staff". Washington Post.
  14. ^ Michael C. Bender (June 14, 2018). "White House Capitol Hill Envoy to Leave Post, Citing 'Diminishing Returns'". Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Dawsey, Josh (February 19, 2019). "Marc Short to serve as Vice President Pence's chief of staff as White House gears up for 2020 campaign". Washington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2019.

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