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Lara Trump
Trump in 2021
Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee
Assumed office
March 8, 2024
Preceded byDrew McKissick
Personal details
Lara Lea Yunaska

(1982-10-12) October 12, 1982 (age 41)
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 2014)
RelativesSee Trump family
EducationNorth Carolina State University (BA)
French Culinary Institute (AA)

Lara Lea Trump (née Yunaska; born October 12, 1982) is an American former television producer who has co-chaired the Republican National Committee since March 2024. She is married to Eric Trump, the third child of former U.S. President Donald Trump. She was the producer and host of Trump Productions' Real News Update and a producer of Inside Edition.[1]

Early life and education

Lara Yunaska was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 12, 1982, to Linda Ann Sykes and Robert Luke Yunaska. She has a younger brother, Kyle Robert Yunaska.[2] She attended Emsley A. Laney High School.[3] Trump graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from North Carolina State University[4] and also studied at the French Culinary Institute, in New York.[5]


Trump was a story coordinator and producer for the TV news magazine Inside Edition from 2012 to 2016.[5][6] On March 29, 2021, she joined Fox News as a contributor.[7][8]

In December 2022, Fox News announced that—because its policy is not to employ anyone running for office or involved with a candidate—it had parted ways with Lara Trump, whose father in-law, Donald Trump, had recently declared his reelection bid.[9]

Donald Trump presidential campaigns

During Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, she spearheaded the Trump-Pence Women's Empowerment Tour and served as the Trump Tower liaison for Brad Parscale's Giles-Parscale company.[10][11][12] After her father-in-law was elected president, she became an online producer and fundraiser for him.[5][6][13]

In April 2019, she described German chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to accept refugees during the European migrant crisis of 2015 as "the downfall of Germany; it was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany."[14][15]

She was a senior consultant to Parscale for Trump's reelection campaign in 2020.[11][16] The campaign paid her $180,000 a year through Parscale's private company, Parscale Strategy. Lara Trump was a surrogate on the stump and took on broad advisory roles.[17][18] She also campaigned with far-right activist and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer.[19][20]

She was among the speakers at the "Save America" rally that preceded the January 6 United States Capitol attack alongside Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr..[21]

Potential Senate campaign

After Lara Trump's father-in-law left office in 2021, it was widely rumored that she would run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Richard Burr.[22][23][24] However, after several months of media speculation, she declined to run and endorsed the eventual winner, U.S. Representative Ted Budd.[25]

Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee

On February 12, 2024, Lara Trump was endorsed by her father-in-law for the Republican National Committee's co-chair, alongside North Carolina Republican Party leader Michael Whatley for chair.[26] Within a week, she declared that if she were to become co-chair, then "every single penny will go to the number one and the only job of the RNC — that is electing Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and saving this country."[27]

On March 8, 2024, Lara Trump was elected co-chair of the RNC by a unanimous vote.[28]

Personal life

Lara and Eric Trump in 2016

On November 8, 2014, after a six-year relationship, Lara Yunaska married Eric Trump in a ceremony at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach, Florida, estate of Eric's father, Donald Trump.[5][29] On September 12, 2017, the couple's first child was born.[30] On August 19, 2019, Lara gave birth to the couple's second child.[31]

In 2023, Lara released a cover of Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down." It debuted at #10 on Billboard's Digital Song Sales chart and #6 on Billboard's Country Digital Song Sales Chart.[32][33][34] It was received poorly by Stephen Colbert.[35]


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