Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) announced a team of highly qualified conservatives Monday to help him take the House GOP’s message to the American public.
As the new chairman of the Republican Conference, Pence will be the liaison between House Republicans and the media and voters in the upcoming Congress — no small task in this era of GOP politics. It’s rare to find two people in agreement in Washington, but almost everyone recognizes the GOP needs to do a better job communicating with Americans.
Because of this, the staff Pence surrounds himself with in the Republican Conference is critical to the GOP’s future success. So far, Pence has appointed conservatives with the necessary street credentials to get the job done for the GOP. His appointments include Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Chief of Staff Marc Short, who will serve in the same capacity, and Melanie Looney as Director of Coalitions and General Counsel. Looney served as Counsel and Policy Advisor to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt and also worked for Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Other appointments include Josh Pitcock as Deputy Chief of Staff, Matt Lloyd as Communications Director, and Russ Vought as Policy Director. Pitcock and Lloyd have worked in Pence’s office, while Vought worked as the Republican Study Committee’s executive director under conservative Rep. Jeb Hensarling.
“I am pleased to announce the addition of these dedicated and principled professionals to the House Republican Conference team,” Pence said in a statement released by his office. “Each of them brings a great deal of expertise to their respective jobs and I look forward to working with them as we communicate our agenda to the American people.”
The GOP, and conservatives in particular, should be encouraged at how seriously Pence is taking his responsibility. We can only hope more change like this is on the way.