Kate Obenshain

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Kate Obenshain
Kate Obenshain by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Obenshain in 2013
Born 1969
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Residence Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Journalist and politician
Political party Republican

Kate Obenshain is an American journalist and politician. She is a conservative political commentator and Vice President of Young America's Foundation. She regularly appears as a guest on the Fox News Channel.[1]


Obenshain is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she was editor of the campus conservative newspaper, the Virginia Advocate.[1]

Political experience[edit]

From 1995 to 2000, Obenshain served as an appointee of Governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, implementing both governors' vision for budgetary reform and programmatic accountability.[1]

Obenshain served as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from 2004 to 2006 and is the first woman to serve as Chair. She stepped down from her post as Chair on November 15, 2006 following the 2006 midterm elections to serve as Senator George Allen's Chief of Staff for the remainder of his term in the U.S. Senate following the Senator's loss[1]

As chairman, she garnered national attention for her active opposition against tax increases and the expanding role of government at the state and national levels. During her tenure, she earned the designation from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the rising stars in the GOP.[1]

Speaking on college campuses[edit]

Obenshain is a campus speaker for both the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute[1] and Young America's Foundation.[2]

She has been speaking on college campuses for 18 years on topics such as "The New Face of Feminism: It’s wearing lipstick," "Our Descent into Liberalism," and "America’s Noble Heritage: Hope from the Founding Fathers." Kate speaks across the nation on a wide variety of issues including life, national security, education, economic policy, political correctness on campus, and the changing role of women in public policy.[1]

Family and personal life[edit]

Obenshain is the daughter of former party chair and 1978 U.S. Senate candidate Richard D. Obenshain.

Her brother, Mark Obenshain, is a member of the Virginia State Senate.

She is a Virginia native and currently resides in Winchester, Virginia.

She filed for divorce from her former husband Phillip in 2006.[3]

Other achievements[edit]

Obenshain serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.[4]

She is a co-founder of James 1:27 Foundation, a conservative non-profit organization.[citation needed]

Obenshain has been featured in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010[5] Great American Conservative Women Calendars.

Her work is featured in the book "Great American Conservative Women".[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "CBLPI Speaker – Kate Obenshain". Cblpi.org. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Kate Obenshain". Yaf.org. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  3. ^ Beck, Joe. "Judge Dismisses suit against lawyer in divorce case". Overland Park Family Lawyer. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "CBLPI Board Member Kate Obenshain". Cblpi.org. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  5. ^ "GREEN & GLOVER: Joey's got a gun". Washington Times. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  6. ^ Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute (Author). "Great American Conservative Women: Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute: 9780972139908: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Kate Obenshain, America's Noble Heritage, YAFoundation on USTREAM. Conference". Ustream.tv. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 

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