Guilfoyle in New York City
|First Lady of San Francisco|
January 8, 2004 – February 26, 2006
|Preceded by||Blanche Vitero|
|Succeeded by||Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2008)|
|Born||Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle
March 9, 1969
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gavin Newsom (m. 2001; div. 2006)
Eric Villency (m. 2006; div. 2009)
|Education||University of California, Davis (BA)
University of San Francisco (JD)
Prior to entering television, she was a prosecuting attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She served as an assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000 until 2004. She is also known as the former wife of California politician Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom's first two years as mayor of that city.
Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father. She grew up in the Mission District and Westlake and is a graduate of 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.
Her father, Tony, was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, and came to the U.S. at the age of 20. After serving 4 years in the US Army, he took up work in the construction trades. He later became a real estate investor and a close advisor to Mayor Newsom, until his death in 2008. Known as the "Godfather" in inner political circles his mantra was "For The People".
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 modelling work for Macy's, and a bridal magazine.
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 fourteen of the city's prosecutors.
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.
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 and lead prosecutor James Hammer earned a conviction in the 2002 case People v. Noel and Knoller, a second-degree murder trial involving a dog mauling that received international attention.
In 2008, she was a member of La Raza Lawyers Association.
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°.
Guilfoyle 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 has remained a host on the show ever since. In 2014, she began co-hosting Outnumbered regularly, until the show settled on more permanent hosts. She also appeared weekly on The O'Reilly Factor's recurring segment "Is it Legal?" until the show's cancellation in 2017, and as a weekly Thursday guest on Brian Kilmeade's Kilmeade and Friends radio show.
In 2015, Guilfoyle released a semi-autobiographical 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.
As of the spring of 2017, Guilfoyle appears nightly on The Five, which is one of the highest-rated cable television shows. It was announced on June 29, 2017 that Guilfoyle signed a long-term contract extension with Fox.
Potential White House role
In December 2016, it was reported that Guilfoyle was being considered to serve as press secretary for President Donald Trump. Sean Spicer 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 Monday, May 15, 2017, Guilfoyle confirmed she was in contact with the White House about the position and possible replacement of incumbent Sean Spicer. "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 is under contract with Fox, and can't beat her job there; indicating she turned down the White House. One month later she extended her contract with the channel.
In 2001, she married Gavin Newsom, then a city supervisor, who 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 filed for divorce from Newsom. Their divorce was finalized on February 28, 2006.
On May 27, 2006, Guilfoyle married furniture heir Eric Villency in Barbados. On October 4, 2006, she gave birth to her first child, a boy named Ronan Anthony. Guilfoyle and Villency announced their separation in June 2009 and eventually divorced.
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