White House legislative director leaving administration

White House legislative director leaving administration


WASHINGTON— Marc Short, the White House’s director of legislative affairs, is leaving the administration.

In a statement, Short, who served on the Trump campaign and then in the West Wing since the president was sworn in, touted the administration’s success on in fulfilling multiple pieces of their agenda.

“I will be forever indebted to President Trump and Vice President Pence for the opportunity to join their campaign in 2016 and be part of an Administration that has worked with Congress to pass the largest tax relief in American history, to rebuild our military with the largest funding increases since the Reagan years, and to confirm more appeals court judges than any Administration in its first two years,” Short said.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly praised Short in a statement as an an “integral part of the White House staff.”

“We will miss his profound expertise, commitment to the taxpayers, and leadership,” Kelly said.

Short will be replaced by Shahira Knight, who is currently the deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council. She is a former staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Knight had previously announced that she would be leaving the White House for a leadership position in the lobbying firm Clearing House.

The University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs said Thursday that Short will be joining as a senior fellow in August.

“Marc is widely respected in both parties. We had the privilege of getting to know Marc through the presidential transition and the Trump administration’s first year, and have been impressed by his professionalism, effectiveness, and collegiality,” William Antholis, director and CEO of the Miller Center said in a statement.

Prior to joining the White House, Short was the chief of staff for the House Republican Conference when it was chaired by Mike Pence.

His departure comes amid pressing challenges for the administration’s legislative agenda, including the passage of immigration reform and the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

After Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination this week, Short told reporters that he was optimistic the process would wrap up by early October.

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