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Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway

American strategist and pollster
The basics
Occupations Lawyer Strategist Political scientist
Countries United States of America
Gender female
Birth January 20, 1967 (Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, U.S.A.)
Politics Republican Party
Spouse: George T. Conway III
Education University of Oxford, George Washington University Law School, Trinity Washington University
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Kellyanne Conway
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Matt Schlapp, Kellyanne Conway & Larry Beasley

Matt Schlapp, Kellyanne Conway & Larry Beasley at CPAC 2015 in Maryland

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is a multi-skilled Republican campaign manager and strategist from America. She was the campaign manager for Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and with Trump's triumph, she became the first woman in history to lead a successful presidential campaign in the U.S.

Early life and education

Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was born on 20 January 1967 in Camden, New Jersey. Her father was Irish and her mother was Italian. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she was raised by her mother, who worked at a bank.

She went to St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, New Jersey. She tasted success at an early age. At 16, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant and at 20, she won the World Champion Blueberry Packing competition.

She studied Political Science at Trinity College, Washington, D.C. and graduated magna cum laude in 1989. She then studied at Oxford University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Later, she went to George Washington University Law School and earned a J.D. with honors in 1992.


After receiving her degree from the law school, she clerked for a judge in Washington, D.C.  She was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center. Early in her career, Conway worked for Wirthlin Group, a GOP polling firm, and Luntz Research Companies

In 1995, she founded a polling company called The Polling Company/Woman Trend with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in New York City. The company offers quantitative and qualitative consumer-centric research services, including polls, focus groups, and media management. She has an impressive roster of clients in diverse verticals. The list in includes such names as Major League Baseball, Liz Claiborne, Lifetime Television, The Heritage Foundation, The Federalist Society, Ladies’ Home Journal, Game Show Network, Martha Stewart, American Express, and ABC News.
On the political front, she has worked for such leaders such as Jack Kemp; Marsha Blackburn, Steve King, Lee Zeldin, Newt Gingrich, Ted Cruz, and most recently for Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence.
She is a Trustee of the Phillips Foundation, and a board member of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the National Journalism Center, the American Conservative Union, and her alma mater, St. Joseph High School in New Jersey.

She has appeared as a political commentator on various radio programs, and on TV shows on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, NY1, Fox News, and Fox Business.

In the 2004 presidential race, she won the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for accurately predicting the outcome in the popular vote — 51 percent for George Bush and 48 percent for John Kerry.  In 2005, Conway and Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, wrote a book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live.

She was hired by Donald Trump for a senior advisory position on July 1, 2016. Trump's victory was largely credited to her efforts. She is the first woman to have managed a successful presidential campaign. Journalist Sarah Hughes at The Guardian stated, "Conway feminised the Trump campaign, giving it an acceptable face amid the blustering machismo." In December 2016, she accused Clinton supporters for making death threats to her. 

In late December, 2016, Trump named Kellyanne Conway as his couselor

Personal life

  • In 2001, Conway married George T. Conway III, a New York based lawyer who is a partner in the litigation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. They have four children and they live in New Jersey. 
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