Rep. Mark Meadows resigns from Congress to become Trump's chief of staff

Meadows, R-N.C., is considered one of President Donald Trump's staunchest congressional allies. He was picked as chief of staff earlier this month.
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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., right, the new White House chief of staff, listens to Mick Mulvaney, then the acting chief of staff, in the Oval Office on March 12, 2020.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file

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By Alex Moe and Phil Helsel

Rep. Mark Meadows officially resigned from Congress on Monday, more than three weeks after he was chosen to be President Donald Trump's new chief of staff.

Trump tapped Meadows, R-N.C., who announced in December that he would not seek re-election in 2020, for his new post on March 6.

The resignation was effective at 5 p.m. Monday, and he will start his new role Tuesday, his spokesman said.

"Serving the people of North Carolina's eleventh congressional district for these last seven years has been the honor of my life," Meadows wrote in a resignation letter. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity."

Meadows replaces Mick Mulvaney, who, in an acting capacity, was the president's third chief of staff. Reince Priebus and John Kelly previously served in the role.

Trump has said Mulvaney will become the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland.

Meadows, who is considered one of Trump's staunchest congressional allies, was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus.