Boehner hires new chief of staff

House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office announced it has hired Barry Jackson, an architect of the "Contract with America," to serve as Boehner's chief of staff.

Republican leaders have discussed the possibility of drafting a second document, similar to 1994 "Contract" that helped the GOP win back the House, to guide its candidates in the 2010 midterms. 

“By bringing the director of the Contract with America back to the Hill during this important time for the nation, we’re sending a message that Republicans are serious about listening to the people, building a principled and lasting majority, and renewing the drive for smaller, more accountable government," Boehner said in a statement. 

Jackson worked on Boehner's staff in the 1990s and served as an adviser in the George W. Bush White House. 

Republican leaders have stated their goal to take back the House of Representatives this year and Jackson's hiring represents a symbolic and substantial move to bolster that effort.

But retaking the House remains a tough order for the GOP this year. The party needs to win by a 40-seat margin in the fall. Democrats have insisted they will maintain their majority in the lower chamber.