Amanda Carpenter

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Amanda Carpenter
Amanda Carpenter.jpg
Born 1982[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Ball State University
Occupation U.S. Senatorial communications advisor
Employer Senator Ted Cruz
Known for Print and television pundit

Amanda B. Carpenter is an American author, political advisor, and speechwriter. She previously worked as a columnist for The Washington Times, and is the author of The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has worked in the staffs for Senators Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. In 2014, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported that Carpenter had surpassed 50,000 Twitter followers, far more than other congressional staffers.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Carpenter[3] was born in Montrose, Michigan, and raised there by her mother Lisa.

After graduating from Ball State University with B.A. in Communication Studies in 2005,[4] Carpenter worked as a Congressional correspondent for Human Events from 2005–2007 before going to to become their national political reporter.[5]

On March 1, 2009, Carpenter took a position with The Washington Times,[6] where she wrote a daily column called the Hot Button, that covered political and cultural issues, as well other news articles.[7]

Carpenter is also known as a blogger, author, and commentator. She has made numerous media appearances, including segments on the BBC; Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Hannity & Colmes, and The Big Story; MSNBC’s Tucker; PBS's To the Contrary and CNN's Larry King Live and Reliable Sources.[1] Her book The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Rodham Clinton was published in 2006, and she later wrote about the 2008 presidential election for Glamour magazine's blog "Glamocracy".[1]

On January 25, 2010, it was announced that Carpenter was leaving The Washington Times and joining then Senator Jim DeMint's staff as senior communications advisor and speechwriter.[8][9] She worked in this role until Senator DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation. On January 22, 2013, Carpenter announced on her Twitter account that she was now working in that same capacity for Senator Ted Cruz.[10] She worked in that role until July 5, 2015, returning to her journalism career.[11]

Carpenter now works as a CNN Political Commentator, frequently appearing on Anderson Cooper 360.


  1. ^ a b c "Glamocracy", Glamour, December 10, 2007 (updated August 20, 2008), retrieved April 10, 2010  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  3. ^ Carpenter, Amanda (April 9, 2010), "My middle name is Beth.", Twitter, retrieved April 10, 2010 
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  5. ^ "Amanda Carpenter: Columns, Opinion, Views, Issues",, retrieved April 10, 2010
  6. ^ Dornic, Matt (February 5, 2009), "Townhall's Amanda Carpenter to Washington Times ",, retrieved April 10, 2010
  7. ^ "Amanda Carpenter", The Washington Times, retrieved April 10, 2010
  8. ^ Weigel, David (January 25, 2010), "DeMint Hires Amanda Carpenter", The Washington Independent, retrieved April 10, 2010
  9. ^ Carpenter, Amanda (January 25, 2010), "And the big news is...", Twitter, retrieved April 10, 2010 
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