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Kellyanne Conway

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Kellyanne Conway
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Conway in 2016
Born Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
January 20, 1967 (age 49)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Trinity Washington University
George Washington University
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George Conway

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway (née Fitzpatrick; born January 20, 1967) is an American Republican campaign manager, strategist, and pollster. She is president and CEO of The Polling Company Inc./Woman Trend, and has been a political commentator on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and more. She has been a guest on shows such as Good Morning America, Real Time with Bill Maher, Meet the Press, and Hannity.

In 2016, she endorsed Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary and chaired a pro-Cruz political action committee. Her organization produced commercials criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as “extreme” and “not a conservative.”[1]

After Cruz suspended his presidential campaign, she became campaign manager for Republican Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign on August 17, 2016. With Trump’s victory on November 8, 2016, she became the first woman in history to lead a successful U.S. presidential campaign.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was born on January 20, 1967 in Camden, New Jersey, to Diane Fitzpatrick.[3][4]Conway’s Irish father owned a small trucking company, and her Italian mother worked at a bank. They divorced when she was three.[5] She was raised in the Atco section of Waterford Township, New Jersey and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1985.[6][3]

Conway credits her experience working for eight summers on a blueberry farm in Hammonton for teaching her a strong work ethic. “The faster you went, the more money you’d make.” At age 16 she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant. At 20, she won the World Champion Blueberry Packing competition. She states, “Everything I learned about life and business started on that farm.”[7]

Before entering politics, Conway pursued a career in law. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science in 1989 from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. (now Trinity Washington University), she earned a J.D. in 1992 from the George Washington University Law School and then clerked for a judge in Washington, D.C.[8]


Conway at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Conway entered the polling business with Wirthlin Group, a GOP polling firm and also worked for Luntz Research Companies before founding her own firm,[8][better source needed] The Polling Company, in 1995. Conway’s company has consulted on consumer trends, often trends regarding women. Conway’s clients have included Vaseline, American Expressand Hasbro.[9]

Among the political figures Conway has worked for are Congressman Jack Kemp; Senator Fred Thompson;[8][better source needed] former Vice President Dan Quayle; Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and Congressman (now Indiana Governor and Vice President-elect) Mike Pence.[9] She worked as the senior advisor to Gingrich during his 2012 United States presidential election campaign.[10]

In addition to her political opinion research work, Conway has directed demographic and attitudinal survey projects for trade associations and private companies, including American Express, ABC News, Major League Baseball, and Ladies Home Journal.[8] Her firm The Polling Company also includes WomanTrend, a research and consulting division created to better connect corporate America with the female consumer. WomanTrend monitors female consumers as well as a multitude of current and prospective lifestyle, home, work, entertainment, technological, and generational trends affecting all consumers.[8]

Conway has appeared as a commentator on polling and the political scene, having appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, NY1, and the Fox News Channel, in addition to various radio programs. She has received the Washington Post’s “Crystal Ball” award for accurately predicted elections.[8]

2016 presidential election[edit]

In the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, Conway endorsed Ted Cruz and chaired a pro-Cruz political action committee. Conway’s organization criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as “extreme” and “not a conservative.”[11] On January 25, 2016, Conway criticized Trump as “a man who seems to be offending his way to the nomination.”[12] On January 26, 2016, Conway criticized Trump’s use of eminent domain, saying “Donald Trump has literally bulldozed over the little guy to get his way.”[13]

On August 17, 2016, after Cruz suspended his presidential campaign and Donald Trump won the Republican Presidential nomination, the PAC morphed into Make America Number 1, informally known as the “Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC”.[14]

On July 1, 2016, Trump announced that he hired Conway for a senior advisory position.[15] Conway was expected to advise Trump on how to better appeal to female voters.[15] Conway became the Trump campaign’s third campaign manager in August 2016.[9][16] This made her the first woman to run a Republican general election presidential campaign.[16] At the time, Trump was trailing Hillary Clinton by about ten percentage points in various opinion polls. Journalist Ryan Lizza credits Conway with closing the gap in the polls by improving Trump’s effectiveness while giving speeches, using language to appeal to voters and focusing speeches, such as when Trump described America as “a nation of strivers, dreamers, and believers.”[9] Trump ultimately won the presidential election, with Conway being credited by The Guardian for playing a major role in transforming Trump’s campaign and for appealing to female voters.[17]

On November 10, 2016, Conway tweeted publicly that Trump had offered her a White House job.[18] “I can have any job I want,” she said on November 28, 2016.[19]

On November 24, 2016, Conway tweeted that she was “Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney. Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state” with a link to an article on Trump loyalists’ discontent for the 2012 nominee. Conway told CNN she was only tweeting what she has shared with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in private.[20]

On November 28, 2016, two top sources at the Trump transition team told media outlets that Trump “was furious” at Conway for media comments she made on Trump administration cabinet appointments.[21] On November 29, 2016, however, Trump released a written statement stating that the campaign sources were wrong and that he had sanctioned her critical comments on Romney.[22] CNBC reported on November 28, 2016 that senior officials in the Trump transition “have reportedly been growing frustrated by Conway’s failure to become a team player.”[23]

On December 1, 2016, Conway appeared with senior aides of the Trump campaign, at Harvard‘s Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge, MA, for a forum on the 2016 presidential race, a tradition held at the School of Government since 1972. Sitting across from Conway were senior aides of the Clinton campaign including Hillary Clinton‘s campaign manager Robby Mook. As tempers began to flare, the forum escalated into a “shouting match”. During one exchange, Clinton senior strategist Joel Benenson said “The fact of the matter is that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump.” Conway replied to Benenson while looking at the Trump aides: “Hey, guys, we won. You don’t have to respond. He was the better candidate. That’s why he won.” [24]


In 2005, Conway and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake co-authored What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live (Free Press/Simon and Schuster, 2005; ISBN 0-7432-7382-6).

Mass Connections, Inc. commissioned Conway’s research services to inform Volumes 1–3 of the Touch America series, including The Consumer Connection, The Shopper Connection, and Connecting with Consumers … IN STORE· ON LINE· IN LIFE.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Conway is married to George T. Conway III, a litigation partner at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The couple have four children and live in Alpine, New Jersey.[8][26] George Conway was an adviser to Paula Jones in her lawsuit against Bill Clinton.[27]


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