Kristen Soltis Anderson

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Kristen Soltis Anderson
Born
Kristen Lynne Soltis

(1984-02-22) February 22, 1984 (age 34)
EducationM.A. Johns Hopkins University
B.A. University of Florida
OccupationPollster, writer, television personality
EmployerPartner and Co-Founder at Echelon Insights
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Chris Anderson (m. 2012)
Websitewww.kristensoltisanderson.com

Kristen Lynne Soltis Anderson (born February 22, 1984) is a Republican pollster, television personality, and writer. She has written for The Daily Beast,[1] Politico,[2] and The Huffington Post.[3]

In 2013 Time magazine named Anderson one of the 30 People Under 30 who are changing the world.[4] Marie Claire magazine declared Anderson one of the "New Guard" of fifty rising female leaders.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Kristen Lynne Soltis on February 22, 1984,[6] Anderson grew up in Orlando, Florida.[7] She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in political science in 2005; she later obtained her M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University in 2009.[7] As a junior in college, she interned with the finance department of the National Republican Congressional Committee[7] and was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Commemorative Quarter Committee.[8] As a senior, she interned at the Washington, D.C.-based opinion research and political communications firm, The Winston Group.[7]

Career[edit]

After graduation in 2005, she accepted a full-time position with The Winston Group where she focused on the youth vote and education reform.[7][8] After earning her graduate degree in 2009, she began publishing pieces of her thesis as articles on Pollster.com and The Next Right, a conservative blog dedicated to developing young conservatives who could help rebuild the Republican Party.[7] In 2010, her findings were mentioned by James Carville, a prominent Democrat political strategist and commentator. That led to various news programs and journalists asking for her insights; she started appearing on television news shows as a guest commentator.[7] She subsequently received $1 million from a Republican super PAC to research the youth vote and served as its Communications Director while still working with the Winston Group;[7] she began to appear as a political pundit on various news programs including CNN's State of the Union, Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, CNN's Piers Morgan, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.[7][8]

During the 2012 elections, she was a communications adviser to Crossroads Generation, a Republican organization focused on the youth vote.[8] After GOP candidate Mitt Romney lost the 2012 youth vote by 23 points, she helped develop a 90-page guidebook about how the Republican Party might get more votes from young people.[7] In 2014, she left The Winston Group and, with Patrick Ruffini (the co-founder of The Next Right blog), founded Echelon Insights.[8] Echelon conducts issue-oriented research for news organizations and other groups.[8] In 2015, her book,The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up), was released.[7]

Anderson has also cohosted two live media blogs: "The Week In Blog" program for Bloggingheads.tv and Variety's "Wilshire and Washington" weekly podcast.[8] She was the primary author of Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation, a book that analyzed the youth vote and proposed ways for the Republican Party to recapture it.[8] She also served as an issue-advocacy adviser to the YG Network in support of its efforts to develop conservative women activists.[8] She currently co-hosts a polling-related podcast called "The Pollsters".

Personal life[edit]

Kristen and Chris Anderson were married on April 28, 2012.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Republican Party's class act". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Kristen Soltis Anderson - HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Conniff, Kelly. "These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World". Retrieved September 2, 2017 – via ideas.time.com.
  5. ^ "MC@Work: The New Guard". October 17, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kristen Soltis Anderson Wiki, Bio, Age, Married, Husband, Boyfriend". wikinetworth.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cosmopolitan Magazine: "Get That Life: How I Became The Republican Party's Leading Millennial Pollster – Kristen Soltis Anderson turned her graduate thesis into a career as an expert on young voters" by HEATHER WOOD RUDULPH June 6, 2016
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i The Institute of Politics at Harvard University: "Kristen Soltis Anderson" Fall 2014
  9. ^ "Kristen Soltis Anderson's Married Life With Husband Is A Beauty To Eyes; Shared A Rare Picture From Wedding Day". LIVERAMPUP. Retrieved September 2, 2017.

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