Former White House legislative affairs director Marc Short is returning to the Trump administration as the Vice President’s Chief of Staff.
Short made moves in the 2016 presidential elections. He worked for then candidate Mike Pence on the 2016 Trump-Pence campaign before joining the administration in the White House. Prior to joining the Trump-Pence campaign, he served on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential primary campaign, and before that he worked as political adviser to the Koch brothers’ group Freedom Partners.
Vice President Mike Pence announced Short’s return on Tuesday with the detail that he would be taking on the position as Pence’s Chief of Staff this time:
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!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 19, 2019
Short left the Trump administration in mid-2018 to join lobbying firm Guidepost Strategies. Phil Cox co-founded the firm. The Guidepost website says, in part, of Cox, “He currently serves on the Board of the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund, which spent more than $150 million in 2016 helping to strengthen the GOP Senate majority.”
Guidepost points to Short’s time with Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, as Chief of Staff for the House Republican Conference under then congressman Mike Pence, and his recent status as a commentator for CNN.