Sources in Washington D.C. say Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out, and Georgia native Nick Ayers could be his successor.
He’s 36 years old, a married father of three and a Cobb County native. Ayers graduated from South Cobb High and matriculated to Kennesaw State University.
Right now he’s chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, but he started his political career here in Georgia.
While still in college, Ayers worked on Sonny Perdue’s campaign for governor, which he won. In 2006, Ayers ran Perdue’s successful re-election campaign.
From there, he was chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association for several years.
After, that, Ayers worked for a private company that plans media campaigns and ballot initiatives for candidates. He took a hiatus be campaign manager for Tim Pawlenty's short-lived campaign for President in 2011.
When that faltered, he went back to his private sector before going back into the campaign game full-time in 2016. This time, he was chief strategist for Mike Pence on his Indiana gubernatorial campaign.
From there President Trump tapped Pence to be his running mate and Ayers got to know Mr. Trump and his cabinet.
Recently, Ayers traveled with the president at least twice without Pence, who is his official boss. Ayers was with the President when he toured Georgia last month to survey hurricane damage.