President Trump replaced his campaign manager Brad Parscale on Wednesday.
Parscale, who led Trump’s largely successful online efforts during his 2016 bid, will be replaced by veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien who is being promoted from Deputy Campaign Manager
Trump said that Parscale will remain onboard as Senior Advisor and oversee the digital and data strategies for the reelection.
I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign Manager. Brad Parscale, who has been with me for a very long time and has led our tremendous digital and data strategies, will remain in that role, while being a Senior Advisor to the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2020
Stepien worked on Trump’s 2016 election as the National Field Director and went onto serve as White House Political Director.
In his role as White House Political Director, Stepien oversaw 11 people in the political affairs office.
Politico detailed his day-to-day duties of moving the Trump agenda forward in a 2018 profile:
Stepien, who has been a hard-nosed political operative since 2000, gets into the White House at 6 a.m. and then hits the gym with colleagues before working until 8 p.m. or later. His job is to get party and campaign operations, elected officials and other stakeholders to support Trump’s agenda. It’s all an effort to try to keep and build grass-roots support for the president among the different coalitions and influencers of the Republican Party to help Trump pass his legislative agenda.
Stepien, 39, sends a daily report about his office’s efforts to White House chief of staff John Kelly and meets with the president on a weekly or biweekly basis. “He likes to see numbers … Do they like what we’re saying? Do they like what they’re hearing? He wants real-time feedback on all those metrics.”
Prior to working with Trump, Stepien worked for former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in several crucial roles.
He has a lengthy resume assisting presidential campaigns. Stepien worked on George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection and the 2008 campaigns of both Rudy Giuliani and former Senator John McCain.