Mark Paoletta is an attorney serving as general counsel to the White House Office of Management and Budget since 2018. Prior to his current post, Paoletta served as chief counsel and assistant to Vice President Mike Pence from 2017 to 2018.
Paoletta received his bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. From 2007-2016, he worked as a partner at firms Dickstein Shapiro LLP and then DLA Piper.
From 1996-2007, Paoletta served as Chief Counsel for Oversight & Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. During his tenure on the Committee, Paoletta managed nearly 200 investigative hearings, including the committee's high-profile hearings on Ford-Firestone, Enron, Global Crossing, and ImClone/Martha Stewart, raised the committee's profile, and widened the breadth of its investigative work.
Paoletta served as Assistant Counsel to the President during the George H. W. Bush administration, where he played a key role in the successful confirmation effort of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and formed a friendship with the nominee. In 2016, Paoletta created a website, JusticeThomas.com, that has links to many of Justice Thomas' opinions, speeches, and articles, as well as articles and law reviews about the Justice. Paoletta also created a website, anitahillcase.com, that contains documents and analysis as to why Anita Hill's allegations never added up. Paoletta has written several pieces on Justice Thomas, including a Washington Post article, on the occasion of Justice Thomas' 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.
In 2020, Paoletta was the subject of a Washington Post article for his involvement in President Trump's decision regarding aid to Ukraine and other controversial initiatives within the administration.