WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the promotion of his deputy chief of staff, Steve Chartan, to chief of staff. Sen. Cruz’s current chief of staff, Prerak Shah, is returning to legal practice.
“Pre has been an exceptional chief of staff and chief counsel,” Sen. Cruz said. “From ensuring that Texas received all the resources it needed to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, to working to secure our southern border, to putting conservative judges on the bench, Pre has been a vital part of our work fighting for liberty and advancing common sense, conservative principles.”
“I am thrilled to announce that I have chosen Steve to become my chief of staff,” Sen. Cruz continued. “Steve has done a tremendous job as a senior leader in my Senate office, and I am confident that as chief of staff he will continue to successfully execute our mission to serve the interests of 28 million Texans and promote the conservative values that keep our state and our country strong.”
“It has been a privilege to serve Sen. Cruz, first as his Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and most recently as his Chief of Staff,” Shah said. “I could not be prouder of the job Team Cruz has done over the last two years fighting to ensure that the men, women, and children of Texas will have a brighter, safer, and more prosperous future.”
“It has been an honor to serve Sen. Cruz and the Texans he represents for the last three years, first as legislative director and then as deputy chief of staff,” Chartan said. “As chief of staff, I look forward to leading our dedicated Senate team, both in our nation’s capital and across the Lone Star State, to support Sen. Cruz as he continues to advance conservative principles, strengthen Texas and America, and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”