Jonathan D. Felts, a former top political aide to President George W. Bush, will start work shortly for Gov. Pat McCrory, the governor's office announced Friday.
Felts, a North Carolina native and NC State University graduate, is being hired as senior advisor to bring some experience and increased political savvy into the governor's office.
The governor's office said Felts "will be the McCrory administration's federal liaison, with with all cabinet agencies on policy issues affecting North Carolina.'' It also said he will work with the congressional delegation.
Felts worked in the Bush White House as deputy to White House political strategist Karl Rove, and was assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for political affairs. He also served as associate director of the White House Office of Political Affairs.
Felts has a long resume in GOP politics, having worked for Vice President Dan Quayle, Sen. Lauch Faircloth, communications director for Congressman Robin Hayes, and executive director of North Carolina Bush-Cheney 04.
Most recently Felts was senior vice president for political advocacy and grass roots for the American Bankers Association in Washington D.C. He is known as an adventuresome soul, who after his White House days, spent a year in Afghanistan teaching Afghans how to run for office.