Katie Walsh (politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh at Web Summit 2017 - Future Societies.jpg
Katie Walsh at Web Summit 2017
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation
In office
January 20, 2017 – March 30, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byKristie Canegallo (Policy Implementation)
Succeeded byKirstjen Nielsen (Principal Deputy)
Personal details
Katherine Marie Walsh

(1984-11-01) November 1, 1984 (age 34)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mike Shields
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)

Katherine Marie Walsh (born November 1, 1984)[1] is an American Republican political operative who briefly served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. She also worked with the Trump-aligned 501(c)(4) America First Policies.[2][3]

Walsh previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Republican National Committee. She joined the Republican National Committee as deputy Finance Director in January 2013 and became Finance Director in June of that year. In her previous role as Deputy Finance Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, she worked with United States Senate campaigns across the country to implement comprehensive fundraising and campaign strategies. Her past experience also includes serving as Midwest Regional Finance Director for the McCain–Palin campaign in 2008 and working for Friends of Fred Thompson, at the Ashcroft Group, and as a field representative for Missourians for Matt Blunt.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Walsh was born an only child in St. Louis, Missouri.[5] She credits her early interest in politics to her mother, who she said worked on a county executive race in Missouri when she was seven or eight. Her early political involvement came in high school when she worked as an intern for then-Senator John Ashcroft's unsuccessful 2000 reelection campaign. She attended Visitation Academy of St. Louis, a private, all-girls, Roman Catholic high school, and graduated in 2003. She was a field representative for Matt Blunt's 2004 campaign for Governor of Missouri.[6][7] She also worked as an administrative assistant for the consulting firm Ashcroft Group.[7]

Walsh graduated from George Washington University with degrees in marketing and finance in 2007.[8]


2008 presidential election[edit]

Walsh was hired in 2007 as an assistant to the finance director for Fred Thompson's brief presidential campaign.[9]

After Thompson dropped out of the race, she joined the presidential campaign of John McCain as Midwest regional finance director.[9][7]

National Republican Senatorial Committee[edit]

Walsh then worked as deputy finance director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC),[6] implementing fundraising and political strategies for Senate campaigns during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.[7]

Republican National Committee[edit]

Walsh was hired as deputy finance director for the Republican National Committee in January 2013 and rose to finance director that June.[9][8] At the RNC, Walsh was known as "rainmaker",[6] breaking records by raising over $200 million during the 2014 election cycle.[8]

Walsh was named chief of staff of the Republican National Committee in early 2015,[9] serving under chair Reince Priebus. She was critical of the RNC's practice of sharing voter information with the Koch Brothers, saying "I think it's very dangerous and wrong to allow a group of very strong, well-financed individuals who have no accountability to anyone to have control over who gets access to the data when, why and how."[10] Spearheaded by the RNC's technology chief Andrew Barkett for the 2014 election cycle,[11] she ensured that a partnership began in July 2015 between the voter information in the RNC's Data Trust, operated by Karl Rove and developed by Johnny DeStefano, and the voter information in the Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners' i360, which is supported by the Koch Brothers network, so that each database's information would be shared with GOP candidates.[12][13][14][15] The RNC's Data Trust had been sharing its information with the independent groups American Crossroads and American Action Network.[12][13][14] The extensive personal information in both i360 and DataTrust are developed from credit card use and internet choices such as credit card purchases, cable TV choices, and other sensitive personal information, much more personal than Facebook data.[13][14] During the 2016 election cycle, Walsh was an architect of the Republican National Committee's get out the vote and voter identification operations.[6] She focused on using the Republican National Committee's data collection from the previous four years. She told CNN that the RNC intended to look to polls less often in favor of "predictive modeling," which tracks voters' likelihood of voting for Republican candidates. In November 2016, she said, "The beauty of predictive modeling is you're watching an electorate voter-by-voter over a long period of time ... You're watching their movement, you're watching what they care about, you're watching what they respond to to [sic] and there are a lot of upsides to this." She went on to say that the Republican National Committee was also focusing on get out the vote efforts for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.[citation needed] Walsh selected Alex Lundry's political marketing firm Deep Root Analytics to provide data analytics to the Trump campaign, along with TargetPoint Consulting and Causeway Solutions.[16]

Donald Trump presidential transition team[edit]

Walsh was a member of Donald Trump's presidential transition team. The transition team was a group of around 100 aides, policy experts, government affairs officials, and former government officials who were tasked with vetting, interviewing, and recommending individuals for top cabinet and staff roles in Trump's administration. She was part of the Leadership staff.[17]

Trump administration[edit]

Walsh was named White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation in the administration of Donald Trump. Walsh oversaw senior staff and managed scheduling and the Office of Public Liaison.[8] According to The Wall Street Journal, Walsh had guarded access to the Oval Office on behalf of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.[18]

Walsh resigned from her position on March 30, 2017, becoming an adviser to a pro-Trump 501(c)(4), America First Policies, and the Republican National Committee.[19]


  1. ^ Sherman, Jake; Palmer, Anna; Lippman, Daniel (November 1, 2017). "Playbookers: Birthdays". Playbook. Politico. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Julie Bykowicz (January 30, 2017). "Trump advisers start America First Policies nonprofit". AP. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Jenna Johnson and Philip Rucker (March 30, 2017). "Senior aide Katie Walsh leaves White House to run pro-Trump outside group". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Katie Walsh". gop.com.
  5. ^ Morrow, Brendan (January 4, 2017). "Katie Walsh: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com.
  6. ^ a b c d Raasch, Chuck (January 6, 2017). "St. Louis native Katie Walsh will be deputy chief of staff in Trump White House". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  7. ^ a b c d Graves, Lucia (March 27, 2015). "Katie Walsh: The RNC's Rainmaker". The Atlantic.
  8. ^ a b c d Roberts, Kayleigh (January 23, 2017). "Who Is Katie Walsh? 8 Things You Need to Know About the RNC Superstar Turned Trump Staffer". Cosmopolitan.
  9. ^ a b c d Dickson, Rebecca (May 25, 2016). "RNC's Katie Walsh: A behind-the-scenes leader". The Hill.
  10. ^ Ward, Jon (June 11, 2015). "The Koch brothers and the Republican Party go to war – with each other". Yahoo News.
  11. ^ Ward, Jon (October 27, 2014). "GOP digital revamp sees mixed results two years after report". Yahoo News. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Gold, Matea (July 29, 2015). "Koch network strikes new deal to share voter data with RNC-aligned firm". Washington Post. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Cambridge Analytica Ain't Nuthin: Look out for i360 and DataTrust". Greg Palast. March 19, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Peries, Sharmini (March 29, 2018). "Cambridge Analytica Is Not Alone: i360 and Data Trust Disastrous for Democracy". The Real News Network. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Rein, Lisa (April 19, 2017). "This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration. It's taking a while". Washington Post. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Cameron, Dell; Conger, Kate (June 19, 2017). "GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters". Gizmodo. Lundry’s work brought him into Trump’s campaign war room, according to a post-election AdAge article that charted the GOP’s 2016 data efforts. Deep Root was hand-picked by the RNC’s then-chief of staff, Katie Walsh, in September of last year and joined two other data shops—TargetPoint Consulting and Causeway Solutions—in the effort to win Trump the presidency.
  17. ^ "Trump adds vice chairs to transition team, including several women". Politico. November 29, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "Mike Flynn is first casualty of turmoil in Trump administration," The Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2017, retrieved February 17, 2017.
  19. ^ Goldmacher, Shane; Nussbaum, Matthew; Palmeri, Tara; Isenstadt, Alex (March 30, 2017). "Senior White House aide Katie Walsh moving to pro-Trump political group". Politico. Retrieved March 30, 2017.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Kristie Canegallo
as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Implementation
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Implementation
Succeeded by
Kirstjen Nielsen
as White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff