Retired Lt. Colonel Oliver North will assume the presidency of the National Rifle Association in the next few weeks, having been selected by the NRA’s board of directors on Monday after president Pete Brownell announced he would not seek a second term.
As a result of the news, North immediately retired from Fox News. North hosted War Stories, a war documentary series, for Fox from 2001 to 2016 but episodes continued to air on Fox Business (including two episodes that aired the prior night). Fox News did not respond to a request for comment on North’s departure.
Prior to Fox News, North also co-hosted Equal Time, a political debate show on MSNBC alongside Paul Begala (who would later go on to co-host CNN’s Crossfire).
In a statement announcing his hiring, NRA CEO and executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre noted North’s communication skills, “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”
LaPierre has been one of the main public faces of the NRA which is increasingly mired in the public debate over gun violence prevention. In an effort to build up its brand, the NRA launched NRA TV which focuses on gun-centered programming.