Kellyanne Conway is a name that you probably recognize, even if you don’t follow the news too closely. For those who do not know, Conway is an American pollster, political consultant, and pundit. She currently serves as counselor to the president for US President Donald Trump.
Conway began her career in politics shortly after her post secondary education. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in political science from Trinity College. She later earned her Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University Law School.
It was during law school, however, that Conway really began working in and around politics. She served as a research assistant for Wirthlin Group, a Republican polling firm. After this, she served as a judicial clerk of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia under Judge Richard A. Levie.
While Conway had briefly entertained working for a law firm after this, she instead chose to work for Luntz Research Companies. Conway had first met and become friends with Frank Luntz, the founder of the company, during a year abroad at Oxford University during her Trinity College years.
After spending several years working for Luntz, Conway decided it was time for her to forge her own path. In 1995, she founded the Polling Company. Her firm has gone on to be consulted on a variety of consumer trends for a wide variety of businesses. Some of her most well known clients have included Vaseline, American Express, and Hasbro. Some other major research jobs she has undertaken throughout this aspect of her career included working for ABC News, Major League Baseball, and Ladies Home Journal.
As an incredibly enterprising human being, Conway, along with other conservative young women like Laura Ingraham, Barbara Olson, and Ann Coulter, made political punditry into a widely sought after career. No longer would news broadcasts be solely filled by stodgy-dressed older men, but young voices from people that other young women could relate to.
They helped usher in an era of young people finding politics cool rather than drab and dry. While many have tried to detract from the importance of Conway’s change to news media, it is safe to say that she helped to inspire a generation to step up and make their voices heard. Without the help of Conway and other politically vocal conservative women speaking their minds so publicly, it is unlikely that women would have the type of platform that they do today.
Conway has been featured as a pundit on a huge swathe of US news media. She has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NY1, PBS, and most prominently on Fox News. She has also been featured in a wide variety of radio programs across the nation.
Throughout her early career, and until the last few years, Conway worked for a number of US political representatives. These included Representative Jack Kemp, Senator Fred Thompson, Vice President Dan Quayle, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Representative (now Vice President) Mike Pence. During the 2012 Presidential election, Conway served as a senior advisor to Newt Gingrich during his unsuccessful run for President.
Conway became much more of a household name during the 2016 Presidential election. On July 1, 2016, Donald Trump announced that Conway had been hired to a senior advisory position on his presidential campaign team. She was hired so that she could help advise Trump on how to better address female voters. Following the resignation of Paul Manafort, Conway was named Trump’s third campaign manager. She held this position for a total of 10 weeks, through the November 8 general election, and became the first woman to successfully run an American presidential campaign.
Following the success of the election, Trump personally offered Conway a job in his White House. She stated she was told she could have any job that she wanted. Throughout her experience during the transition to Trump’s presidency, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about important issues that impact American citizens.
When it comes to her views, she will always speak her mind, even if she has to step on some toes to make herself heard. She is outgoing, assertive and is the perfect asset to the President Trump’s inner circle.
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