President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that he had replaced Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff and would be moving him to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.
Mulvaney also previously served as the acting White House Office of Management and Budget director, and the president has just announced a permanent replacement.
Trump intends to nominate Russ Vought to lead the office.
Vought joined the administration as acting chief in January 2019, before which he spent seven years as the vice president of the conservative policy group Heritage Action for America, the political wing of the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation.
As acting OMB chief, he oversaw day-to-day operations while Mulvaney took on the role of Trump’s chief of staff.
Vought will need to be confirmed to the new role by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Trump’s new budget chief began his career working for then-Texas Senate Republican Phil Gramm as a legislative assistant, spending 12 years on Capitol Hill, including at the House Republican Conference under then-Rep. Mike Pence. Later, Vought led the influential Republican Study Committee.
Acting Director @RussVought45 has served @POTUS with distinction and stewarded our nation’s taxpayer dollars well in the President’s Budgets. The Senate should confirm him swiftly. https://t.co/I9niocMzcs
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) March 18, 2020
Heritage Foundation president Kay C. James applauded the decision in a statement Wednesday, praising Vought for having “pioneered new forms of grassroots activism” while with the group, and for his policy work at the White House.
“Since joining OMB, Russ has overseen the delivery of four of the most conservative presidential budgets to date,” James said. “He has been an integral part of an administration that has fought fearlessly for life and liberty.”
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson had very high praise for Vought in his newsletter:
Russ is the man in the arena we need at OMB right now. He is fundamentally a believer in limited government and now forced to be in charge of a massive government expenditure to save the economy in a time of crisis. That is what we need — someone mindful that a growing government needs restraint to preserve liberty while also faithfully carrying out the directives of the President to preserve the financial wellbeing of the people, the businesses of the nation, and the private sector.
Having a man suspicious of the government leviathan in charge of it for the President is the right call. He will faithfully execute the powers of his office while being a good steward of the preservation of liberty and the constitutional order.
I am deeply encouraged the President is choosing to advance Russ’s nomination to the Senate and the Senate should expedite his confirmation at this critical time.
Earlier this month, Trump announced that North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows will replace Mulvaney and serve as his chief of staff.
In a statement, Meadows said it was an “honor” to selected by Trump.
Back in December, Meadows announced that he would not seek re-election for his congressional seat in North Carolina.
Meadows, a longtime leader of the House Freedom Caucus, is a staunch Trump loyalist and speaks with the president often.
He will be a strong ally and supporter of the president heading into a crucial election in November.