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Marc Short

Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence (2019-2020), Director of Legislative Affairs to the President (2017-2018)

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Marc Short most recently served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence and Director of Legislative Affairs to the President, positions he earned through his reputation for being a modest yet clever strategist on the Hill.

Marc is known for his polished pragmatism, a grounded approach to leadership, and for his humility. He told National Journal, “If you approach the job with a servant’s heart, then you end up better serving the president.”

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Bio

Marc Short most recently served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence. Mr. Short also served as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs at the White House for President Donald J. Trump. As the legislative affairs director, he worked to successfully pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and shepherd through the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Mr. Short has previously worked as a partner at GuidePost Strategies, a commentator for CNN, and Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Prior to joining the Trump – Pence campaign, Marc was president of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the largest free-market business league in the U.S. with an annual budget exceeding $300 million. Marc also served as Chief of Staff for the House Republican Conference, chaired by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) and for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). In his early career, Marc was the executive director of the Reagan Ranch from 1998- 2001, and served as the executive director of Freedom Alliance from 1995-1998.

Marc graduated from Washington and Lee University and received his master’s degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He lives in Arlington with his wife and their three children.

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Effective leadership is more important than ever– and harder than ever to find, as Marc Short knows firsthand. Drawing on a wealth of experience working for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and many other prominent politicians and business executives over two-plus decades, Marc explores why some leaders flourish while others fail. His actionable insights can empower today’s and tomorrow’s leaders to seize opportunities, avoid pitfalls, accomplish their goals, and reach new heights.


Marc Short has not only lived through the highs and lows of the Republican Party, he’s helped it recover from failure and pave the way for success through his behind-the-scenes leadership. With an uncertain future facing the GOP, Marc can speak from personal experience to the leaders who will shape it and the forces that will confront it. His past gives him the perfect platform to predict where the Republican Party goes in the future, whether it can integrate traditional and new factions– and what it means for American businesses and the American people.


With the Democratic Party holding the narrowest possible majorities in Congress, opportunities for significant legislation look slim. Marc Short sees things differently. He’s worked the levers of power in Congress when Democrats held both chambers, when Republicans were in control, and when divided government ruled the day. He knows what’s possible, what’s not possible, and who the power players are. His insights can help individuals and organizations navigate Congress and advance their objectives.


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