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Marc Short to become Pence's chief of staff

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Marc Short is set to become Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, according to sources with direct knowledge and first reported by the New York Times.

Why it matters: Short is the only senior official who has left the Trump administration and later returned. He previously served as President Trump's head of legislative affairs before resigning in July to work in the private sector.

  • During the past 6 months, Short served as a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, worked as a CNN commentator and did general government consulting for corporate and investor clients.

Behind the scenes: Pence has been searching for a new chief since Nick Ayers resigned at the end of last year after turning down an offer to be Trump's chief of staff. In the meantime, Pence's deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, has been a caretaker chief.

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