Kimberly Guilfoyle

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Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Guilfoyle in 2018
First Lady of San Francisco
In role
January 8, 2004 – February 26, 2006
MayorGavin Newsom
Preceded byBlanche Vitero
Succeeded byJennifer Siebel Newsom (2008)
Personal details
Born
Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle

(1969-03-09) March 9, 1969 (age 51)[1]
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
(
m. 2001; div. 2006)

(
m. 2006; div. 2009)
Children1
EducationUniversity of California, Davis (BA)
University of San Francisco (JD)

Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle (/ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/; born March 9, 1969) is an American attorney and television news personality who co-hosted The Five on Fox News.[2]

Guilfoyle was a prosecuting attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000–04. She married California politician Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom's first two years as mayor of that city. She worked at Fox News from 2006 to 2018.[3] She later joined America First Policies, a pro-Trump super PAC, to campaign for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco on March 9, 1969, to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father. She was raised Catholic.[6] She grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco and in Westlake, Daly City, California, and is a graduate of San Francisco's Mercy High School.

Guilfoyle's mother, Mercedes, taught special education, and died of leukemia when Guilfoyle was eleven. "My mother was just everything to me, I loved her so much, I always wanted to be around her. I loved how I saw people react to her. She was a warm woman who worked in education with people with emotional challenges. I got my sense of giving back and how when you have many blessings, pay it forward", Guilfoyle said in a 2015 interview.[7]

Her father, Anthony "Tony" Guilfoyle, was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1957 at the age of 20.[8] In 1958, while not yet holding U.S. nationality and still an Irish citizen, he was drafted and served for four years in the U.S. Army.[9] After being discharged from the army, Tony Guilfoyle took up work in the construction trades. He later became a real estate investor and, until his death in 2008, a close advisor to Mayor Newsom.[10][11]

Education[edit]

Guilfoyle graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994. While in law school, she interned at the San Francisco district attorney's office, as well as doing modeling work for Macy's and Victoria's Secret.[12]

She later studied at Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. While there, she published research in international children's rights and European Economic Community law.[13]

Law career[edit]

After law school, Guilfoyle briefly worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco, but lost her job in 1996 when Terence Hallinan was elected District Attorney and fired 14 of the city's prosecutors.[14]

Guilfoyle then spent four years in Los Angeles as a Deputy District Attorney, working on adult and juvenile cases, including narcotics, domestic violence, kidnapping, robbery, arson, sexual assault, and homicide cases. She received several awards at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, including Prosecutor of the Month.[13]

In 2000, Guilfoyle was re-hired by Hallinan in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney from 2000 to 2004. While Assistant D.A., she earned a conviction while co-prosecuting with James Hammer in the 2002 case People v. Noel and Knoller, a second-degree murder trial involving a dog mauling that received international attention.[15][16] In 2008, she was a member of La Raza Lawyers Association.[17]

Media and political career[edit]

Television[edit]

In January 2004, Guilfoyle moved to New York to host the program Both Sides on Court TV, as well as to work as a legal analyst on Anderson Cooper 360°.

She joined Fox News in February 2006, as host of the weekend show The Lineup. The Lineup was eventually canceled. Guilfoyle remained a regular contributor for the network and was later picked up as co-host of The Five in 2011. She remained a host on the show until 2018.[18] In 2014, she began co-hosting Outnumbered regularly, until the show settled on more permanent hosts.[citation needed]

Guilfoyle also appeared weekly on the recurring segment "Is it Legal?" on The O'Reilly Factor until that show's cancellation in 2017, and as a weekly Thursday guest on Brian Kilmeade's Kilmeade and Friends radio show.[13] Guilfoyle guest-hosted Hannity, On the Record, Justice with Judge Jeanine, and Fox and Friends.[19]

It was announced on June 29, 2017, that Guilfoyle signed a long-term contract extension with Fox.[20]

Guilfoyle left Fox News in July 2018, reportedly to work for a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC.

Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate[edit]

In 2015, Guilfoyle released a semi-autobiographical and advice book titled "Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate" on her experiences growing up, working as a prosecutor, and encouraging people to always advocate for themselves.[21]

Trump administration and Trump 2020 campaign[edit]

Guilfoyle speaking at a campaign rally in Sun City, Arizona in November 2018

In December 2016, it was reported that Guilfoyle was being considered to serve as press secretary for President Donald Trump. Sean Spicer was considered the front-runner for the position[22] and was ultimately selected. On the May 12, 2017, edition of The Five, co-host Bob Beckel hinted that Guilfoyle turned the job down. However, in an interview with Bay Area News Group on May 15, 2017,[23] Guilfoyle confirmed she was in contact with the White House about the position following Spicer's resignation.[24] "I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country", Guilfoyle said. "I think it'd be a fascinating job, it's a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position." However, on May 19, Guilfoyle said she was under contract with Fox, indicating she turned down the White House. One month later she extended her contract with Fox.[25]

In 2018, The Washington Post described Guilfoyle as a "conservative cheerleader for President Trump."[26]

Charlie Kirk, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Donald Trump, Jr., pictured at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 2019

In 2020, Guilfoyle was reported to be a member of the finance committee of the Trump Victory Committee.[27]

The Trump campaign is paying Guilfoyle $180,000 a year through the campaign manager’s private company, Parscale Strategy. Guilfoyle has been a surrogate on the stump and taken on broad advisory roles.[28][29]

In the Trump 2020 campaign, Guilfoyle managed a fund-raising division. This division paid socialite Somers Farkas to raise money.[30]

Guilfoyle tested positive for COVID-19, but her boyfriend and son of President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., tested negative.[31] The pair returned to New York.[32]

Movie appearance[edit]

Guilfoyle appeared in the 2004 film Happily Even After playing a public defender opposite Ed Asner and Shirley Temple's niece, Marina Black. The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Guilfoyle married Gavin Newsom, then a San Francisco city supervisor; Newsom was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003. While married to Newsom, she went by the name Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom. In January 2005, citing the strain of a bi-coastal marriage, Guilfoyle and Newsom jointly filed for divorce.[34] Their divorce was finalized on February 28, 2006.[35]

On May 27, 2006, in Barbados, Guilfoyle married furniture heir Eric Villency.[36] Guilfoyle gave birth to their son, Ronan Anthony, on October 4, 2006.[37] In June 2009, Guilfoyle and Villency announced that they were separating;[38] their divorce was finalized later that year.[39]

In May 2018, news leaked that Guilfoyle was dating Donald Trump Jr., after the two attended an event together; Trump was separated from his wife Vanessa Trump at the time.[40] Guilfoyle had been friends with the couple and the Trump family for years.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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