Deputy Assistant to the President and
Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Vice President
President Donald Trump, in January 2017, named Paul Teller as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he operated as the White House liaison to U.S. House conservatives, to U.S. Senate conservatives, and to all the groups and activists of the Conservative Movement who were helping advance the President’s legislative agenda. In March 2020, Paul advanced to Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Vice President, where he serves as Vice President Pence’s liaison to the Conservative Movement at large.
Paul earned these White House privileges after more than 16 years as a Capitol Hill staffer, including: Deputy Chief of Staff and then Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Legislative Director, Deputy Director, and then Executive Director for the Republican Study Committee—under seven chairmen, including Mike Pence; and Professional Staff at the Committee on House Administration.
Paul also served off the Hill in many capacities, including at:
Ted Cruz for President 2016;
The House Conservatives Fund;
The Washington Times–National Weekly Edition;
The National Center for Public Policy Research;
The College Republican National Committee;
The American Enterprise Institute; and
A brief stint helping build two nonprofit organizations inspired by Senator Cruz’s nationwide grassroots network.
A native Long Islander, Paul went to poli sci grad school at American University and did his poli sci undergrad work at Duke University—and has been a Duke alumni leader ever since graduation.
Paul regularly addresses political conferences and meetings—and always seems to find time to mentor young politicos as they network their way into ever-improving political opportunities.
Paul and his wife, Maxine, who have been married since 1999, are the very proud parents of one daughter (born 2003) and one son (born 2006).