Ayers appointed chief of staff for Vice President Pence
Nick Ayers ’09, a Cobb County native who earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Kennesaw State University, recently was appointed chief of staff for Mike Pence, vice president of the United States.
Over the past three years, Ayers has been a political adviser to Pence. The Kennesaw State graduate was the chief political strategist for the former Indiana governor when President Donald Trump chose Pence as his running mate. After becoming the national chairman for Pence’s vice-presidential campaign last year, Ayers served as a senior adviser to then President-elect Trump’s transition team from November 2016 until January 2017.
“I am pleased to welcome Nick Ayers to the Office of the Vice President,” Pence said in a June 29 news release from the White House. “During my years as governor, then as a candidate and serving as vice president, I have come to appreciate Nick's friendship, keen intellect and integrity and I couldn’t be more excited to have him come to the White House as my chief of staff.”
The 34-year-old Ayers begins his new position in August, replacing Josh Pitcock, who worked with Pence for 12 years. “Nick and I have worked seamlessly together for years and will continue to do so through the transition and thereafter,” Pitcock stated in the same news release.
At the start of this year, Ayers helped launch America First Policies, a nonprofit organization to support Trump. In his new job, Ayers will have an even bigger influence on the administration, and is anxious to be heading to our nation’s capital.
“I have such deep respect and admiration for the Pence’s and believe so deeply in the policies the vice president and the president are fighting for,” Ayers said in the release. “Leaving Georgia – albeit temporarily – was only possible because of how important my wife and I believe this mission is. I am honored with the trust the vice president has in me and excited to serve in this capacity.”
From November 2006 until February 2011, Ayers was extremely successful as executive director of the Republican Governors Association. A rising star in American politics for many years now, he was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in the New Civic Leaders category at age 28 in 2010.
As a Kennesaw State student, Ayers served as chair of the KSU College Republicans and met Sonny Perdue, who at the time was planning a run at governor of Georgia. After talking with Perdue, Ayers took time off from KSU and quit his job at a South Cobb bank to join the campaign of the current U.S. secretary of agriculture. In 2003, Perdue became the state’s first Republican governor since 1872 and later won reelection with Ayers as his campaign manager.
Ayers graduated from South Cobb High School in 2000. After completing his undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State, he went on to study international and government affairs at the University of Surrey at Roehampton in London.
In recent years, Ayers has helped many candidates from the Grand Old Party get elected to public office. Several political insiders thought Ayers himself would contend for Georgia governor in 2018, but now it looks like he will not join the race.
No matter what Ayers’ future holds, there is little doubt that he will continue to be successful and make a difference in American politics.