Zina Bash

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Zina Bash
Personal details
Zina Linda Gelman

Monterrey, Mexico
Spouse(s)John F. Bash III (m. 2007)[1]
EducationHarvard University (AB)
Harvard Law School (JD)
Wharton School (MBA)

Zina Gelman Bash is an American attorney who was a senior counsel to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in 2018.

Background and education[edit]

Zina is the daughter of Lawrence Gelman, a doctor and hospital executive.[1] She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in McAllen, Texas.[2]

She is Jewish, and the descendant of Holocaust survivors.[3]

In 2004, Bash received her A.B. from Harvard University, where she served on the Undergraduate Council Election Commission.[4] In 2007, she graduated with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[5][6] She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.[7]


Bash clerked for Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court during the 2013-2014 Term, and earlier for Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

She served as deputy director of policy and communications for United States Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign and senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s office.[8][9][10][11]

She has practiced law as an appellate attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and was executive vice president of operations and business development at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.[12]

In 2017, Bash served in the Trump administration as Special Assistant to the President for regulatory reform, legal and immigration policy on the Domestic Policy Council.[13][14][15][16] Prior to Trump taking office she served on his agency landing team for the Department of Justice.[17][18] In July 2018, she was named senior counsel on the executive leadership team of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, but had left by August to assist Judge Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearing before the Senate.[7][19]

In September 2018, during Kavanaugh's nomination hearing, she was falsely accused of making a white power hand sign. Her husband John Bash condemned the accusations, calling them "repulsive" and a "vicious conspiracy theory".[20][21][22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, she married John Bash, who serves as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. They have a daughter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Zina Gelman, John Bash III". The New York Times. July 8, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Lat, David (April 4, 2017). "Trump White House Lawyers: How Much Are They Worth? (Part 3)". Above The Law. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Palmer, Ewan (September 7, 2018). "Was Zina Bash Trolling Critics with Hand Symbol During Brett Kavanaugh Hearing?". Newsweek. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Conrad, Parker R. (November 27, 2000). "Undergraduate Council Election Commission Gets Tough the Second Time Around". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Masthead, Vol 119". Harvard Law Review. 2005–2006. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Staff List-Vol. 120 2006-07". Harvard Law Review. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "AG Paxton Names Former Supreme Court Clerk Zina Bash Senior Counsel on His Executive Leadership Team". July 3, 2018. Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Patent Reform Act of 2011, U.S. Senate". Congressional Record, 112th Congress, 1st Session. 157 (34): S1360–S1394. March 8, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2018. Among the Senate staff who have played a role with regard to this bill are...Zina Bash of Senator Cornyn's staff.
  9. ^ Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake; Lippmann, Daniel; Montellaro, Zach (December 23, 2016). "Playbook PM". Politico. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Stern, Seth (May 18, 2017). "Regime Change: President Donald Trump taps alumni for White House and agency hires". Harvard Law Today. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Scarramucci and other alumni among Trump's recent appointees". Harvard Law Today. July 26, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Diamond, Dan (January 6, 2017). "'Simultaneous repeal and replace' coalition grows, but will it matter?". Politico. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "LaVoz Blog: Trump nombra a nueva asesora en temas de política migratoria". Houston Chronicle (in Spanish). January 5, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "2017 50 Most Beautiful - Zina Bash". The Hill. July 26, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake; Lippmann, Daniel; Montellaro, Zach (December 23, 2017). "Playbook PM". Politico. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake; Lippmann, Daniel; Montellaro, Zach (January 11, 2018). "Playbook PM". Politico. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "President-Elect Trump Announces First Wave of Agency Landing Teams". November 16, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Tallett, Olivia P. (January 20, 2017). "What are Latinos from Houston celebrating at Trump inauguration?". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Lindell, Chuck (July 3, 2018). "AG Ken Paxton taps Trump adviser for inner circle". Statesman (Austin, TX). Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  20. ^ Brito, Christopher (September 5, 2018). "U.S. attorney defends wife after accusations she made 'white power' sign at Kavanaugh hearing". CBS News. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Choi, David (September 4, 2018). "'Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves': US attorney slams accusations that his wife made a controversial hand gesture during Kavanaugh hearing". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  22. ^ Gajanan, Mahita (September 5, 2018). "A Kavanaugh Supporter Was Accused of Making a White Power Symbol. She's a Descendant of Holocaust Survivors". Time. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  23. ^ Hilliard, John (5 September 2018). "US attorney defends wife after 'white power' sign accusations". The Boston Globe.
  24. ^ Da Silva, Chantal (5 September 2018). "Did Zina Bash flash a white supremacist sign during Kavanaugh's hearing?". Newsweek.