Marc Short

Practitioner Senior Fellow

Fast Facts

  • Director of legislative affairs for President Donald Trump
  • Chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence
  • Chief of staff for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • President, Freedom Partners
  • Expertise on Congress, legislative affairs, conservatism


Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Governance
  • Congress
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Marc Short, Practitioner Senior Fellow, served as White House director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs and assistant to President Donald J. Trump until July, 2018.

Short previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. His other public service included roles as a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security; chief of staff for Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; and an aide to then-Congressman Mike Pence, who named him chief of staff for the House Republican Conference in 2009. Short has also worked for McGuire Woods Consulting and for Freedom Partners, a nonprofit, Koch-funded 501(c)(6) chamber of commerce located in Arlington, Virginia. He served as the organization's president from 2011 to 2016.

Short, who was born in Virginia, graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1992 and earned an MBA at UVA’s Darden School of Business.

Marc Short News Feed

One of Donald Trump's longest-serving former aides, former White House legislative director Marc Short, downplayed the importance of Cohen's guilty plea. "What you have seen in the last 24 hours is that the president's opponents are trying to pitch it as a bigger deal and his defenders are saying the real estate deal went nowhere and so it is not really a conflict," Short told DW. "I think it's more of the same, honestly."
Marc Short Deutsche Welle
"Well, look, Alisyn, it's hypocritical and certainly it looks bad, and I'm sure the media will have a field day with it today," former White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "I accept that today's story is an ironic one and shows hypocrisy and is a mistake, and the administration shouldn't have had government emails going to private emails servers," he said, adding that "all of the emails have been handed back over to the federal government."
Marc Short CNN
In the days after the midterm elections, one big question has been answered. Republicans will continue to run the Senate. But, come January, Democrats will run the House. Still up in the air - what this all means for the Trump administration's legislative agenda. So we called someone we think can speak to the challenge even if it isn't on his plate anymore. That is Marc Short. He is the former director of legislative affairs for the Trump administration. He left that position this past summer to become a senior fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. He does some other things, but he's kind enough to join us here in our studios in Washington, D.C.
Marc Short NPR
"Americans still want border security. And I think as they see images on TV of the caravan coming, that it reminds them of the need to have border security. Politically, it does work to the president's benefit right now."
Marc Short NPR Morning Edition
In his first interview with student-journalists, former Trump aide Marc Short discusses his new role with the UVA Miller Center and addresses the controversy surrounding his hiring.
Marc Short WUVA
The panel consisted of four differing political figures — Brit Hume, a senior political analyst for Fox News; Ana Navarro, a Republican commentator and strategist; Marc Short, a former assistant to President Donald Trump; and Symone D. Sanders, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator. Notably, the panel was one of the first times Short has spoken publicly since it was announced in July that he had been offered a fellowship at UVa’s Miller Center. Short’s addition to the presidential think tank prompted controversy and led to resignations within the center.
Marc Short Daily Progress