Office of the Vice President of the United States

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Office of the Vice President
Seal of the Vice President of the United States.svg
Agency overview
Formed1939
HeadquartersEisenhower Executive Office Building
EmployeesApprox 200
Agency executive
Parent agencyFederal government of the United States
WebsiteVice President Mike Pence

The Office of the Vice President includes personnel who directly support or advise the Vice President of the United States. The Office is headed by the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, currently Nick Ayers[1]. The Office also provides staffing and support to the Second Lady of the United States. It is primarily housed in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (containing the Vice President's ceremonial office)[2], with offices for the Vice President also in the West Wing, the U.S. Capitol and in the Vice President's official residence.

History[edit]

With only two Constitutional functions, to replace the president in the event of death, disability or resignation and to preside over the Senate, Vice Presidents had no actual duties in the executive branch, and were thus considered part of the legislative branch for purposes of salary. Presidents were unwilling to delegate governing roles to them, and the office was more often than not considered a joke.

For the first century and half of its history, he had no staff other than a secretary and a personal assistant or two. This began to change with the 1939 Reorganization Act, which included an "office of the Vice President" (who at the time was John Nance Garner), under the Executive Office of the President.

Vice President Henry Wallace was given actual executive duties during World War II, as was Alben Barkley, who became a member of the National Security Council in 1949.

The office of the vice president has been located in the Old Executive Office building since the 1950s, while the Vice President himself has been resident in the West Wing since 1977.

Current staff[edit]

  • Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President: Nick Ayers
    • Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications to the Vice President: Jarrod Agen
    • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Counsel: Matt Morgan[3]
  • Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to the Vice President:
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President: Keith Kellogg
    • Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President:
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Vice President: Marty Obst (based in Indiana)[4][5]
  • Press Secretary to the Vice President: Alyssa Farah[6]
    • Deputy Press Secretary to the Vice President: Josh Paciorek
      • Assistant Press Secretary to the Vice President:
  • Special Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting for the Vice President: Stephen Ford[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Vice President: Sarah Makin[3]
    • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Vice President: Andeliz Castillo[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Domestic Policy for the Vice President: Daris Meeks[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Administration: Katherine Purucker[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Advance: Robert Peede[3]
  • Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Legislative Affairs: Jonathan Hiler[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for External Affairs: Lani Czarniecki[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Scheduling: Meghan Patenaude[3]
  • Special Assistant to the Vice President: Zach Bauer[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Communications Director to the Second Lady: Kara Brooks[3]
  • Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Policy Director to the Second Lady: Sara Egeland[3]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Pence's first major staff shakeup: Josh Pitcock out, Nick Ayers in as chief of staff".
  2. ^ "Vice President of the United States - Ceremonial Office". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Vice President Mike Pence Announces Andrea Thompson as National Security Advisor" (Press release). The White House, Office of the Vice President. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ https://imge.com/team-members/marty-obst/
  5. ^ https://www.theindychannel.com/news/national/nick-ayers-not-taking-job-as-white-house-chief-of-staff
  6. ^ "Pence taps top Freedom Caucus aide as press secretary".