Kayleigh McEnany

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Kayleigh McEnany
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McEnany at CPAC 2018
31st White House Press Secretary
Assumed office
April 7, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byStephanie Grisham
Personal details
Born (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 31)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
Harvard University (JD)

Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)[1][2] is an American spokesperson, political commentator, and writer.[3] A former CNN contributor, she was appointed national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee in 2017.[4][5][6][7][8] In February 2019, she was named national press secretary for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.[9] On April 7, 2020, she was appointed White House Press Secretary.[10]


Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, McEnany is the daughter of commercial roofing company owner Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany.[11] McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names,[12] a Catholic preparatory school in Tampa. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.[13] She spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a constituent college of the University of Oxford.[14]

McEnany studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, receiving her J.D. in May 2017.[14] While studying at Miami, she was the recipient of the Bruce J. Winick Award for Excellence, a scholarship awarded to students in the top 1% their class.[15]


As a high school and college student, McEnany interned for several politicians including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush, and later worked in the White House Office of Communications.[15]

After graduating from Georgetown University, McEnany worked as a producer on Mike Huckabee's namesake television show and appeared on Fox News.[15][2] In 2012, McEnany on at least two occasions tweeted thinly veiled racist birther comments about then President Barack Obama.[16][17] While in law school, she appeared on CNN and often defended President Donald Trump, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential election.[3][18][3][19]

On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she was leaving CNN for another opportunity and[20] appeared as the host of Real News Update the next day.[21] On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee appointed McEnany as its national spokesperson.[4][5]

McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.[22]

On the February 25, 2020 edition of Trish Regan's show on Fox Business Network, McEnany praised Trump's handling of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, saying, "This President will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens, we will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here and isn’t it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama.”[23][24]

On April 7, 2020, she was appointed White House Press Secretary.[10]

Personal life

McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin.[25] The couple has one daughter.


  1. ^ "Thank you to my incredible @GOP colleagues!!". Twitter. April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "Meet Kayleigh McEnany, the 29-year-old who left CNN to make controversial, pro-Trump videos as an RNC spokeswoman". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kirell, Andrew (February 22, 2016). "Meet the Trumpkins: The Donald's Army of Media-Hungry Cable News Boosters". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Scarry, Eddie (August 7, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany joins Republican National Committee as spokesperson". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany Named RNC Spokesperson". Republican National Committee. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "About Me". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team". Washington Post. February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Haberman, Maggie (April 7, 2020). "Trump Has a New Press Secretary: Kayleigh McEnany, a Campaign Spokeswoman". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "Kayleigh McEnany highlights Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Day dinner". Retrieved January 9, 2020. External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ Scott Purks (September 14, 2005). "Three cheers for tradition". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "SFS Alumna Follows Path from Georgetown to Political Media, Overviews Republican National Convention". August 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany". Above the Law. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  16. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (August 29, 2012). "How I Met Your Brother -- Never mind, forgot he's still in that hut in Kenya. #ObamaTVShows". @kayleighmcenany. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  17. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (August 19, 2012). "birth certificates and college transcripts #ThingsThatEnrageDemocrats". @kayleighmcenany. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  18. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 28, 2016). "CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Compares Miss Universe To Terror Suspect". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  19. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (February 1, 2016). "I'm officially endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President". Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Tornoe, Ron (August 5, 2017). "Conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany out at CNN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  21. ^ Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "One of Trump's most vocal supporters left CNN to make a pro-Trump news video that's been compared to state TV". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  22. ^ Kayleigh McEnany (January 8, 2018). "Michael Wolff wasn't with Trump on election night. Those who were prove his book wrong". Fox News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  23. ^ Smith, David (April 7, 2020). "Stephanie Grisham out as Trump press secretary after never briefing press". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  24. ^ Christopher, Tommy (April 4, 2020). "REMINDER: Trump Spox Told Fox Biz Anchor 'We Will Not See Diseases Like Coronavirus Come Here' Just WEEKS Ago". Mediaite. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  25. ^ "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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