Michael Glassner

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Michael Glassner
Born (1963-07-30) July 30, 1963 (age 56)
Alma materUniversity of Kansas (B.A.)
OccupationExecutive Director of the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign committee
Home townPeabody, Kansas, U.S.

Michael Glassner (born July 30, 1963)[1][2] is an American political advisor, currently serving as the executive director of the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign committee.[3] He is also president of the public affairs consulting firm C&M Transcontinental, and served as Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Glassner moved to Kansas in 1972 at the age of eight to live with his older sister, where he was raised on a farm outside Peabody, Kansas. In 1974, Glassner volunteered for Bob Dole's Senate re-election campaign, and later interned in Dole's field office in 1985. Glassner graduated from the University of Kansas in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.[5][6]


In 1988, Glassner served as Bob Dole's traveling aide during Dole's presidential campaign.[2]

Glassner later became a senior advisor and eventual Chief of Staff to Lewis Eisenberg, then-Chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.[2] Before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Glassner left the Port Authority and went to work for the IDT Corporation.[2]

Glassner served as an advisor to the George W. Bush 2000 presidential campaign, and later as Director of Vice Presidential Operations for the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign.[7]

In 2014, Glassner served as Southwest Regional Political Director of AIPAC.[2][8] Glassner has written pro-Trump op-ed columns for Townhall and Cleveland.com.[9][10]

In 2015, Glassner was hired by the Trump campaign to serve as political director.[11] During his time working for the campaign in 2016, Glassner helped procure the endorsement of Sarah Palin.[12] In January 2017, President-elect Donald Trump named Glassner as Chief Operations Officer of his 2020 presidential campaign committee.


  1. ^ Falcone, Michael. "Sarah Palin's New Right-Hand Man: Meet Michael Glassner." abcnews.go.com. 2011-2-18. Retrieved 2017-6-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e "From AIPAC to Trump: Michael Glassner's journey — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. February 19, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "CNN: We didn't run Trump ad because of 'fake news' graphic". POLITICO. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Michael Glassner - Ballotpedia". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Williams, Brien R. (March 11, 2008). "ROBERT J. DOLE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT" (PDF). http://dolearchivecollections.ku.edu/. Retrieved December 16, 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ Newsmclarkin@hutchnews.com, Mary ClarkinThe Hutchinson. "Huelskamp says he's mentioned for top ag job; Trump transition team member denies confirming rep's on list". The Hutchinson News. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Daniella Diaz. "Donald Trump hires former Palin aide as political director - CNNPolitics". CNN. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trump Names Jewish Financier, Fixer to Major Campaign Positions". The Forward. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Glassner Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Michael Glassner". Townhall. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Columnist/clevel, Guest; .com (August 24, 2018). "Trump factor turning out GOP voters, in Ohio and elsewhere: Michael Glassner". cleveland. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Strauss, Daniel. "Trump hires former top Palin aide as political director". POLITICO. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Diamond, Jeremy. "Key aide may have cemented Donald Trump-Sarah Palin union". CNN. Retrieved May 3, 2017.