Mark Meadows started his political career as the chairman of the Macon County Republican Party in far western North Carolina.
He’ll take the next step in the White House as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, helping the president navigate a global pandemic that threatens to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans, derail the nation’s economy and become the central issues in the president’s re-election bid.
Meadows resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening in a short letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He will officially start as chief of staff Tuesday morning, according to an aide, though Meadows has been transitioning to the role in the three weeks since Trump tapped him. He participated in negotiations over the latest coronavirus aid package with administration officials and members of Congress.
It’s been a rapid rise for the 60-year-old Meadows, whose small band of House conservatives proved a thorn in the side of Republican leadership and who, with the election of Trump, pivoted to become one of the new president’s staunchest defenders.
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