Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates Former Homeland Security Secretary Johnson: 'Disconcerting' to see Trump, Meadows cast doubt on election security Meadows: 'There are different degrees of confidence' in FBI director MORE (R-N.C.) resigned from Congress Monday evening ahead of starting at the White House as President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE's next chief of staff, his office announced in a letter.

Meadows is expected to begin his new role as Trump's fourth chief of staff on Tuesday.

"I write today to inform you that I will resign from the House of Representatives, effective 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 30," he wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.). "Serving the people of North Carolina's eleventh congressional district for these last seven years has been the honor of my life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity."

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Meadows will replace his former colleague and Freedom Caucus member, Mick Mulvaney, who served in the role for a little more than a year. Trump named Meadows as his next gatekeeper in a tweet earlier this month, in which he also announced that he would appoint Mulvaney as U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland. 

The staff shakeup also comes after the White House faced a monthlong period of scrambling to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which has reached more than 155,00 cases in the U.S. and 2,500 deaths as of Monday evening, according to a New York Times database

Trump has come under scrutiny for initially downplaying the outbreak at a time when the administration could have been preparing for the pandemic by seeking key equipment and supplies.

All eyes will be on Meadows as he steps into this new role, though many of his now former House colleagues said Meadows will be effective at the White House, pointing to his close relationship with Trump that has grown over the years.