By; The Staff Writers of Georgia Weekly Post.
▲ Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway
The woman of the hour. Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is President- elect Donald J. Trump's Republican campaign manager, strategist, and pollster. With Trump's big win, she is expected to get her corner's office at the White House.
She is president and CEO of The Polling Company/WomanTrend, and has been a regular 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.
She became campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on August 17, 2016.
Because of Trump's Presidential election victory on November 8, 2016, Conway became the first woman to manage a victorious presidential campaign in U.S. history.
Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was born on January 20, 1967 in Camden, New Jersey to Diane Fitzpatrick.
Conway’s Irish father owned a small trucking company, and her Italian mother worked at a bank. They divorced when she was 3. She was raised in Hammonton, New Jersey where she graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1985.
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. She also spent four years as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law.
Conway entered the polling business with Wirthlin Group, a GOP polling firm and also worked for Luntz Research Companiesbefore founding her own firm, The Polling Company, in 1995. Conway's company has consulted on consumer trends, often trends regarding women. Conway's clients have included Vaseline, American Express and Hasbro.
Among the political figures Conway has worked for are Congressman Jack Kemp; Senator Fred Thompson; former Vice President Dan Quayle; Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and Congressman (now Indiana Governor) Mike Pence. She worked as the senior advisor to Gingrich during his 2012 United States presidential election campaign.
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.
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.
Conway has been featured frequently 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.
In 2012, in an interview with the Family Research Council, Conway compared Republican criticism of Todd Akin (R-MO), one of Conway's clients, to the siege in 1993 of cult leader David Koresh.
An Akin representative said that Conway's comments were "stupid". Conway said she was not comparing Akin to Koresh, but instead comparing the FBI's tactics to force Koresh out with the Republican's tactics to force Akin out of the 2012 election.
In August 2015, Conway became the president of the Promise I Super-PAC, which supported the 2016 presidential campaign of Texas senator Ted Cruz and was funded by hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer. After Donald Trump won the Republican Presidential nomination, the PAC morphed into the "Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC".
On July 1, 2016, Trump announced that he hired Conway for a senior advisory position.
Conway was expected to advise Trump on how to better appeal to female voters.
When the Trump campaign hired Conway, it referred to her as "widely regarded as an expert on female consumers and voters".
Conway became the Trump campaign's third campaign manager in August 2016. This made her the first woman to run a Republican general election presidential campaign.
Conway assumed the role as campaign manager shortly after Trump had disparaged the parents of Humayun Khan, an American soldier who had died in combat.
At the time, Trump was losing to 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.