Being center stage is part of the job for Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer. However, his sometimes combative attitude toward journalists and frequent foot-in-mouth episodes have granted him a spotlight of his own.
In the past, White House press secretaries have simply served as the voice of the executive branch, but Spicer himself has regularly been the focus of news stories. Thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s hugely popular depiction of him on “Saturday Night Live,” he’s even on the radar of those not interested in politics.
A relative unknown a few months back, Spicer’s rise to fame has been steep, if rocky. The past week has been especially challenging for the press secretary, as CNN and multiple other news sources reported rumors if his impending termination based on his hot and cold performance in the briefing room. This comes just days after FBI Director James Comey was abruptly fired.
Though the whispers about Spicer’s job security are yet unfounded, the Trump administration has proven that change in the White House can come at the drop of a hat. While he’s still press secretary, here are the basics on Spicer’s net worth, career and family life.
Sean Spicer’s Net Worth: Unknown
He works for a billionaire, but Sean Spicer’s net worth is likely much more modest than his boss’s. The total value of his assets hasn’t been made public, but he earns a yearly salary of $176,461 for his work as the White House press secretary.
A 2017 public financial disclosure revealed that Spicer has holdings in several major corporations, including up to a $50,000 stake in Coca-Cola, Verizon and AT&T, as well as an up to $100,000 stake in McDonald’s.
Similar to President Trump, the disclosure exposed Spicer as somewhat of a real estate tycoon. He owns two residential properties in Rhode Island, with a combined value of up to $1.5 million. Spicer also owns a commercial property in Newport, R.I. worth up to $500,000, and two more in Madison, Ala., valued at up to $1 million.
Also a landlord, Spicer owns four investment rental properties in Alexandria, Va. Combined, the properties are worth an estimated $1.1 million to $2.3 million.
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Sean Spicer’s Career
Prior to becoming the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee since 2011 and chief strategist since 2015. During the George W. Bush administration, he was the assistant United States trade representative for media and public affairs. An equally important role, he also served as the White House Easter bunny on at least one occasion during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Other previous roles held by Spicer include communications director for the House Republican Conference and communications director for the House Budget Committee. He’s also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves since 1999.
Spicer got his bachelor’s degree in government from Connecticut College in 1993. Nearly two decades later, he received his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2012.
Sean Spicer’s Personal Life
When he’s not briefing reports in the West Wing, Sean Spicer stays busy being a husband and father. He’s been married to Rebecca Miller Spicer since November 2004. The couple resides in Alexandria, Va. with their two children.
No stranger to the White House herself, Spicer’s wife was the associate director of communications for President George W. Bush. She’s currently the senior vice president of communications and public affairs at the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Spicer’s job puts him in the public eye during the workday, but much of his private life is kept under wraps. Very little has been revealed about his family and what he does in his time away from the White House.