Kayleigh McEnany

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Kayleigh McEnany
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McEnany at CPAC 2018
Born (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 31)
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
University of Miami
Harvard University (JD)
Political partyRepublican
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)

Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)[1][2] is a spokesperson, political commentator, and writer in the United States.[3] She is a former CNN contributor.[4][5][6] In 2017, she was appointed national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.[7][8] In February 2019, she was announced as national press secretary for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign.[9]


McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names,[10] a Catholic preparatory school in Tampa, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.[11] She spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford.[12] McEnany studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, from which she graduated in May 2017.[12]


As a high school and college student, McEnany interned for several politicians, including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush, later working in the White House Office of Communications.[13]

After graduating from Georgetown, McEnany was a producer on Mike Huckabee's eponymous television show and appeared elsewhere on Fox News.[13][2] During law school, she frequently appeared on CNN and was often called upon to defend President Donald Trump, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential election.[3][14][3][15]

On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she was leaving CNN for another opportunity.[16] The next day, she appeared as host of Real News Update.[17] On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee announced that McEnany had been appointed national spokesperson.[7][8]

McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.[18]

Personal life[edit]

McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin.[19]

McEnany is the daughter of "a prosperous South Tampa family," commercial roofing company owner Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany.[20] Mr. McEnany is the president of McEnany Roofing, Inc., which has more than 100 employees and has contracted roofing for Walt Disney World, the Univerity of Tampa, and Florida Power Corp, and had revenues of $15.5M in 1999.[21]


  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. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "About Me". KayleighMcEnany.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Scarry, Eddie (August 7, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany joins Republican National Committee as spokesperson". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany Named RNC Spokesperson". gop.com. Republican National Committee. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team". Washington Post. February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Scott Purks (September 14, 2005). "Three cheers for tradition". SPTimes.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "SFS Alumna Follows Path from Georgetown to Political Media, Overviews Republican National Convention". georgetown.edu. August 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany". abovethelaw.com. Above the Law. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". law.miami.edu. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 28, 2016). "CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Compares Miss Universe To Terror Suspect". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (February 1, 2016). "I'm officially endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President". Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Tornoe, Ron (August 5, 2017). "Conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany out at CNN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". www.dailynews.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "Kayleigh McEnany highlights Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Day dinner". https://www.tampabay.com/. Retrieved January 9, 2020. External link in |website= (help)
  21. ^ "Going it alone, Mother Nature helps contractor nail down niche". https://www.bizjournals.com/. Retrieved January 9, 2020. External link in |website= (help)

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