McConnell Announces Departure of Chief of Staff Billy Piper
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that Billy Piper, a long-time aide and current personal office Chief of Staff, will depart his office at the end of the year. Piper, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, will leave the Hill to pursue opportunities outside of government service.
"Billy is a trusted advisor, a valued counselor and a close friend. His keen political skills have been indispensable to me and I will deeply miss his service,” McConnell said.
Piper, a graduate of the University of Richmond, joined McConnell’s staff in 1991 as Special Assistant and held a variety of positions on the Senator’s official and campaign staff during his tenure. In 1996, he returned to Kentucky as the Political and Finance Director for McConnell’s successful reelection effort.
He returned to McConnell’s Washington, D.C. office in 1997 as a Senior Legislative Assistant and over the course of the next several years played a key role in McConnell’s efforts to successfully enact legislation dealing with cleaning up the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the chemical weapons stockpile at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Piper also served as the appropriations coordinator for the Senator.
In late 2002, Piper rose to be the Senator’s Chief of Staff a position he has held since. In that role he has been a key political and policy advisor to McConnell, as he served as both Whip and Republican Leader.
“Serving Kentucky and Leader McConnell has been the absolute honor of my professional life. I never could have imagined the incredible opportunities I would have when I walked into the Russell Office Building almost 20 years ago. Being a part of his team and getting to work alongside such dedicated and talented people is something I will always treasure. At the same time, I am genuinely excited about taking on new challenges and getting to enjoy the freedom to be with my wife, Holly, and our two young sons, Billy and Tucker,” Piper said.
There are no immediate plans on a successor for Piper’s position. Sharon Soderstrom will continue to serve as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Republican Leader.