Ashley Estes Kavanaugh

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Ashley Estes Kavanaugh
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Town Manager of Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland
Assumed office
Personal Secretary to the President
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byBetty Currie
Succeeded byKaren E. Keller
Personal details
Ashley Jean Estes

(1974-11-04) November 4, 1974 (age 44)
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Brett Kavanaugh (m. 2004)
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (BA)

Ashley Estes Kavanaugh is an American public official and former political aide. She has been married since 2004 to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


Estes Kavanaugh served as an assistant to George W. Bush from 1996 through 1999, during his tenure as Governor of Texas and his presidential campaign in 2000. When Bush became President in January 2001, Estes Kavanaugh took the position of Personal Secretary to the President; she served in that position through 2004.[1]

Estes Kavanaugh was Director of Special Projects at the George W. Bush Presidential Foundation from 2005 to 2009, and then Media Relations Coordinator at the George W. Bush Presidential Center from 2009 to 2010.[2]

Since 2016, Kavanaugh serves as town manager of the village of Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland, a job she does mostly from home; her annual salary is $66,000.[3][4]

Education and personal life[edit]

The Kavanaugh family with President George W. Bush
The Kavanaugh family with President Donald Trump

Estes Kavanaugh was born in Abilene, Texas.[5] Little has been reported about her parents.[6] She graduated from Abilene Cooper High School in 1993, where she was a member of the Student Council for three years and played golf for three years.[2] She attended the University of Texas at Austin,[7][8] beginning in 1993, and graduated in 1997[2] with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.[9]

In 2004, she married fellow West Wing staff member Brett Kavanaugh. Both President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attended the wedding ceremony in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.[10]


  1. ^ McClellan, Scott (2008). What happened: inside the Bush White House and Washington's culture of deception. United States: PublicAffairs. pp. 234–236. ISBN 978-1-58648-556-6.
  2. ^ a b c Jaklewicz, Greg; Chipp, Timothy (July 13, 2018). "Abilenians fondly regard Ashley Estes, wife of Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  3. ^ Schwartzman, Paul; Boorstein, Michelle (July 11, 2018). "The elite world of Brett Kavanaugh". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Frey, David (March 17, 2016). "Bethesda Magazine's 30 Great Neighborhoods to Live In". Bethesda Magazine. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Resendiz, Eric (July 12, 2018). "Who is Ashley Estes Kavanaugh?". KXVA. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Hall, Azure (September 2018). "Who Are Ashley Estes Kavanaugh's Parents? Not Much Is Known About Her Family". Romper. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Our attention on Supreme Court nominee's wife, an Abilene girl". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  8. ^ "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh's Wife? New Details On Ashley Estes Kavanaugh". YourTango. 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  9. ^ "Degrees and Dates of Attendance". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Glover, Mary Clare (February 19, 2008). "Weddings of the Rich & Famous". Washingtonian. Washingtonian. Retrieved 27 January 2012.

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