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Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)[1][2] is a spokesperson, political commentator, and writer in the United States.[3] She is a former CNN contributor.[4][5][6] In 2017, she was appointed national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.[7][8] In February 2019, she was announced as national press secretary for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign.[9]

Kayleigh McEnany
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McEnany at CPAC 2018
Born (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 31)
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
University of Miami
Harvard University (JD)
Political partyRepublican
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)


McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names,[10] a Catholic preparatory school in Tampa, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.[11] She spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford.[12] McEnany studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, from which she graduated in May 2017.[12]


As a high school and college student, McEnany interned for several politicians, including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush, later working in the White House Office of Communications.[13]

After graduating from Georgetown, McEnany was a producer on Mike Huckabee's eponymous television show and appeared elsewhere on Fox News.[13][2] During law school, she frequently appeared on CNN and was often called upon to defend President Donald Trump, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential election.[3][14][3][15]

On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she was leaving CNN for another opportunity.[16] The next day, she appeared as host of Real News Update.[17] On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee announced that McEnany had been appointed national spokesperson.[7][8]

McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin.[19]


  1. ^ "Thank you to my incredible @GOP colleagues!!". Twitter. April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "Meet Kayleigh McEnany, the 29-year-old who left CNN to make controversial, pro-Trump videos as an RNC spokeswoman". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kirell, Andrew (February 22, 2016). "Meet the Trumpkins: The Donald's Army of Media-Hungry Cable News Boosters". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "About Me". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Scarry, Eddie (August 7, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany joins Republican National Committee as spokesperson". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany Named RNC Spokesperson". Republican National Committee. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team". Washington Post. February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Scott Purks (September 14, 2005). "Three cheers for tradition". Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "SFS Alumna Follows Path from Georgetown to Political Media, Overviews Republican National Convention". August 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany". Above the Law. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 28, 2016). "CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Compares Miss Universe To Terror Suspect". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (February 1, 2016). "I'm officially endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President". Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Tornoe, Ron (August 5, 2017). "Conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany out at CNN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  17. ^ Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "One of Trump's most vocal supporters left CNN to make a pro-Trump news video that's been compared to state TV". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  18. ^ Kayleigh McEnany (January 8, 2018). "Michael Wolff wasn't with Trump on election night. Those who were prove his book wrong". Fox News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". Retrieved January 8, 2018.

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