Kellyanne Conway: The First Woman to Have Ever Successfully Run a Presidential Campaign
While Hillary Clinton supporters are busy mourning her loss saying the women’s rights movement just took a massive blow, they are forgetting that Kellyanne Conway made history Wednesday.
She is the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign. This is so impressive, especially when the odds were against her candidate.
Conway was born in Camden, New Jersey. From an early age, she was often in the public eye. She won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant at age 16 and World Champion Blueberry Packing competition at 20.
“Everything I learned about life and business started on that farm,” said Conway.
She later decided to pursue a career in law. She got her B.S. in Political Science at Trinity College and then earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
Her first position in the polling business was with Wirthlin Group, a GOP polling firm. She also worked for Lunts Research Companies, but founded her own firm in 1995.
Her firm, The Polling Company’s focus has been on providing consumer trends, specifically about women. Her company has done projects for Major League Baseball, American Express and other big private companies.
She also has appeared frequently as a commentator for polling and politics on many major news networks.
Some of the politicians Conway has worked with include– Senator Fred Thompson, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Congressman Jack Kemp, Newt Gingrich and the soon-to-be Vice President Mike Pence. She was Gingrich’s senior advisor during his 2012 presidential campaign.
On July 1, 2016, Trump announced he had hired Conway as a senior advisor and in August 2016, she became Trump’s third campaign manager. She was the first woman to run a Republican election and came on when Trump was rather behind Hillary Clinton in the election.
Conway was instrumental to changing his campaign’s messaging and making his campaign more appealing to the American public.
Evidently, her counsel helped him win over the American voters and he will be the next U.S. president.
So what’s next for Conway? Well, currently she is assisting in developing Trump’s transition plan, specifically with who will be on his administration’s staff.
“From the beginning, Mr. Trump has made very clear that he doesn’t want to jinx himself by having a transition and spending an awful lot of money that way,” said Conway. “But we have been feverishly working on different people for high positions in a Trump administration.”
Will she be holding one of these high positions? Potentially. When a journalist tweeted that she wanted to return to her polling business and not work for the administration, she was quick to respond.
“False. Could it be those ‘sources’ want the WH job I’ve been offered,” she tweeted.