Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has been named the new White House press secretary after a communications shop shakeup led to the resignation of familiar face, Sean Spicer.
Sanders, 34, has been serving as deputy White House press secretary since the beginning of President Donald Trump’s administration and has frequently led on-camera and off-camera press briefings.
In addition to Spicer’s exit and Sanders’ promotion, Trump added Anthony Scaramucci, an entrepreneur, financier, and founder of SkyBridge Capital, to be White House Communications Director.
“Anthony is a person I have great respect for, and he will be an important addition to this Administration. He has been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team. We have accomplished so much, and we are being given credit for so little. The good news is the people get it, even if the media doesn’t,” said President Trump in a statement.
In her new role, Sanders will serve as the President’s principal spokesperson and head of the White House Press Office. She is the third female to serve as White House Press Secretary.
“As Deputy Press Secretary, Sarah has done an outstanding job getting my administration’s message out to the American people,” said Trump. “In this new position, she will continue to promote the progress we are making toward the things the people truly care about, like growing our economy, bringing jobs back from overseas, slashing government bureaucracy, and keeping America secure.”
“I’m humbled by this honor, and grateful to the President for his confidence in me,” said Sanders. “I’m looking forward to working with our new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. I have great appreciation and respect for Sean Spicer, who has been more than a colleague, but a true friend and mentor. We’ve had a tremendous first six months, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue promoting the President’s agenda to Make America Great Again.”
Sanders is an accomplished political operative and spokesperson. She worked with Trump during his 2016 campaign as an advisor and surrogate on national television after her father’s Presidential campaign ended. She has worked on two of Huckabee’s Presidential bids and consulted on numerous campaigns, including successfully managing Sen. John Boozman’s 2010 campaign that unseated former Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Born in Hope, Arkansas, she is married to Bryan Sanders and the couple has three children. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Sanders has previously been a contributor to Talk Business & Politics.