The current leader, Josh Pitcock, will be departing in the coming weeks. Despite the early staff change, officials say the move was planned before the administration took place and that Pitcock’s position was always intended to be temporary.
The incoming chief of staff will be Nick Ayers, a longtime political operative and close ally to Pence. The vice president is intending the staff change to begin a focus on bigger-picture issues and to help with staff management.
The pick appears to be a rock solid choice.
Although being only 34-years-old, Ayers boasts a resume many in their 60’s only dream of. He has been working with the vice president for three years and was his chief political strategist when the former Indiana governor was tapped to be Trump’s running mate. Ayers is currently serving as a key leader in America First Policies – a political non-profit supporting the policy agenda of President Trump. Before entering Pence’s inner circle, Ayers served as the executive director of the Republican Governors Association for four years. His political roots in Georgia, Ayers got his start working on both of Sonny Perdue’s gubernatorial campaigns (Perdue was the first GOP governor of Georgia since Reconstruction). His work on various campaigns throughout the country are too numerous to list.
Aside from his accomplishments, Ayers was closely considered to be picked as the next Republican National Committee chairman, and before Thursday’s announcement, was pushed by Trump allies to run for Georgia governor in 2018.
To say the least, this man is a strong choice to lead Mike Pence’s staff and is someone to keep an eye on in the coming years. With so many accomplishments at his age – the sky is the limit for Nick Ayers.
Also something to note: Ayers’ promotion is the latest in a string of Georgia talent grabs by the Trump White House. Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue was tapped to be agriculture secretary; former Rep. Tom Price now serves as secretary of Health and Human Services; former House speaker Newt Gingrich is a close confidant to the president and Ayers has been a longtime political operative in Georgia. The Peach State is enjoying its greatest influence in Washington since the Carter presidency.