Sean Spicer announced his resignation from the role of press secretary in the Trump administration Friday, and White House Principle Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepped right in to replace him.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Spicer will no longer be handling press secretary duties in reaction to President Trump appointing New York financier Anthony Scaramucci to the role of communications director, a decision he considered “a major mistake.” (President Trump removed Scaramucci from the position on July 31, just 10 days after Scaramucci assumed the role.) Long since rumored to be next in line to the press secretary role, it comes at no surprise that Huckabee Sanders took over the position so soon after Spicer’s resignation.
As Huckabee Sanders fills Spicer’s shoes, here is a look at her background, family life and what she stands to make as the president’s voice to the public.
Who Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. She began her political career as a field coordinator for her father’s 2002 gubernatorial re-election campaign. Huckabee Sanders then went on to work as a liaison for the Department of Education and as an Ohio field coordinator for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004.
The 35-year-old was a founding partner of the Second Street Strategists in Little Rock, Ark., where she worked on several national political campaigns, including her role as national political director for her dad’s 2008 White House bid.
Her knowledge of the campaign trail led Huckabee Sanders — who was named one of Time’s “40 under 40” in politics in 2010 — to work as a senior advisor to Tim Pawlenty’s 2012 presidential run, as well as Donald Trump’s successful 2016 bid.
As the White House Principle Deputy Press Secretary, she has filled in for Spicer on several occasions while he was on Naval Reserve duty.
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Huckabee Sanders’ Potential Salary as Press Secretary
Though her net worth is currently unknown, Huckabee Sanders stands to make a yearly salary of $176,461 as press secretary, according to the White House budget. Her potential full-time duties would include providing daily briefings to the press on the president’s agenda and activities.
Mike Huckabee Net Worth: $9 Million
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, is best known for being governor of Arkansas from 1996 through 2007. He also ran in the 2008 presidential campaign, where he was a favorite candidate of the religious right. However, he was ousted by John McCain, who ended up taking the Republican nomination.
Huckabee’s career as governor has given him a net worth of $9 million, with a $500,000 annual salary, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Personal Life
Huckabee Sanders went to the private liberal arts college Ouchita Baptist University in Arkansas, the same college her father attended. While there, she served as student body president and was active in the campus’ Republican groups.
She met her husband, Bryan Sanders, on the campaign trail for her father’s 2008 White House bid. The couple have three children, two girls and a boy. Despite her last name, Huckabee Sanders is not related to 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
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