Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced that Kellyanne Conway, pollster and Republican campaign strategist, will serve as his campaign manager.
Conway is the founder and president of The Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend. She is popularly known as a conservative gender gap expert and has also worked on women’s trends in polling.
Meanwhile, Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon is the CEO, and Paul Manafort will continue serving in his capacity as campaign chairman and chief strategist.
Trump said that he has known Steve and Kellyanne for many years. “They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win.”
The new appointments come in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s nomination as the 2016 presidential nominee. The former secretary of state is up by 6.1 percent in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
A mother of four, Conway established The Polling Company, Inc., a research and consulting firm, in 1995. The company is based in Washington DC and has offices in New York City. She and Trump met in 2006 when she was serving on the condominium board at Trump World Tower.
“I believe we’re adding some of the best talents in politics, with the experience and expertise needed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and continue to share my message and vision to Make America Great Again,” Trump said.
Conway’s company bio says she obtained a bachelor’s in political science from Trinity College before studying at Oxford University. She received her law degree with honors from George Washington University Law Center.
Conway is married to George T. Conway III, who is a litigation partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.
In the past, Conway backed Ted Cruz, Trump’s rival. In supporting Cruz, Conway worked as a strategist for Keep the Promise I, a pro Cruz PAC, as reported by Mother Jones. Some of the members the Republican Party Conway worked with include late Congressman Jack Kemp; President Reagan’s pollster, Richard Wirthlin; Congressmen Marsha Blackburn, Lee Zeldin, Steve King; and Vice President Dan Quayle.
According to DonaldJTrump.com, Conway “will work on messaging and travel frequently with Mr. Trump, while working closely with Mr. Bannon and Mr. Manafort on all aspects of the campaign moving forward.”