Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: @RyanZinke, #SecretaryOfTheInterior #TrumpPresidente

January 10, 2017

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Born November 1, 1961
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lolita Hand
Children 3
Alma mater University of Oregon (BS)
National University (MBA)
University of San Diego (MS)

Born in Bozeman, Montana and raised in Whitefish, Zinke is the son of Jean Montana (Harlow) Petersen and Ray Dale Zinke, a plumber. He was a star athlete at Whitefish High School and accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon in Eugene; recruited as an outside linebacker, he switched to offense and was an undersized starting center for the Ducks of the Pac-10 under head coach Rich Brooks.

A student-athlete, Zinke earned a B.S. in geology in 1984. Zinke later earned an M.B.A. from National University in 1991 and an M.S. in global leadership from the University of San Diego in 2003.

Military career .

  • Zinke served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008, retiring at the rank of Commander.
  • Zinke graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training class 136 in 1986.
  • Served with SEAL TEAM ONE from 1986 to 1988.
  • First Phase Officer of BUD/S
  • United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) from 1991 to 1993.
  • Served as a Plans officer for Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) and served a second tour with NSWDG as team leader and operations officer from 1996 to 1999.
  • From 1999 to 2001, served as executive officer (XO) for the Naval Special Warfare Unit Two.
  • His next assignment was as executive officer, Naval Special Warfare Center from 2001 to 2004.
  • In 2004, Zinke was named the deputy and acting commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force–Arabian Peninsula. In this capacity, Zinke led a force of more than 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq.
  • Zinke was awarded two Bronze Stars for meritorious service in a combat zone.
  • 4 Meritorious Service Medals
  • 2 Joint Service Commendation Medals
  • 2 Defense Meritorious Service Medals, and
  • an Army Commendation Medal.
  • Following his tours in Iraq, Zinke was selected to establish the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, where he served as “Dean” of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school until his retirement from active duty in 2008.

Political career

Montana Senate 

  • Zinke was elected to the Montana Senate in 2008, serving from 2009 to 2011, representing Whitefish.
  • In 2010, Zinke signed a letter calling global warming “a threat multiplier for instability in the most volatile regions of the world” and stating that “the clean energy and climate challenge is America’s new space race.” The letter spoke of “catastrophic” costs and “unprecedented economic consequences” that would result from failing to act on climate change and asked President Obama and Nancy Pelosi (then-Speaker of the House) to champion sweeping clean-energy and climate legislation.

2014 House election 

In the spring of 2014, Zinke announced that he was running for Montana’s congressional district, a seat that became vacant when its -incumbent Republican Steve Daines resigned in his successful U.S. Senate bid to replace outgoing Democratic U.S. Senator Max Baucus. Zinke won the five-way Republican primary and faced Libertarian Mike Fellows and Democrat John Lewis, a former State Director for Senator Baucus, in the general election. He won the general election with 56% of the vote out of over 200,000 votes cast in the statewide district.

During the Republican primary, Zinke attracted attention for referring to Hillary Rodham Clinton as “the real enemy” and the “anti-Christ.” An issue that was raised in the primary race was abortion; Zinke touted his anti-abortion credentials and received the endorsement of the Montana Right to Life Association.

Tenure in the House, 2015-2016 

In Congress, Zinke has supported the deployment of U.S. ground troops to combat ISIL, “abandoning” ObamaCare, and cutting regulations. He supported a Republican effort to repeal the estate tax.

Zinke “frequently voted against environmentalists on issues ranging from coal extraction to oil and gas drilling”. Nevertheless, Zinke broke with most Republicans on the issue of transfers of federal lands to the states, calling such proposals “extreme” and voting against them. In July 2016, Zinke withdrew as a delegate to the Republican nominating convention in protest of a plank in the party’s draft platform which would require that “certain” public lands be transferred to state control. Zinke said that he endorses “better management of federal land” rather than transfer.

Zinke condemned the “anti-Semitic views” held by neo-Nazis planning a march in support of Richard B. Spencer in Whitefish, Montana in January 2017.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

2016 House election 

Zinke ran unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau in the general election. Zinke defeated Juneau with 56% of the vote.

Zinke was named as President-elect Trump’s planned nominee for United States Secretary of the Interior on December 13, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: #TomPrice #SecretaryOfHealthAndHumanServices #TrumpPresidente

January 9, 2017

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Thomas Edmunds Price
October 8, 1954
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty Clark
Children 1
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA, MD)

Thomas Edmunds “Tom” Price (born October 8, 1954) is an American physician and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, Price’s district encompasses the northern suburbs of Atlanta. He previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee. Price currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Price would be nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services by President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office.

  • Price was born in the Michigan capital, Lansing. He grew up in Dearborn, where he attended Adams Jr. High and Dearborn High School.
  • Graduated with an M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Health System. He completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta, and decided to settle in the suburb of Roswell, where he still lives.
  • He is a past President of the Roswell Rotary Club and has served on the Boards of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
  • He ran an orthopedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years before returning to Emory as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.
  • Price also was the director of the orthopedic clinic at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Price is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to “fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.”

In 1996, State Senator Sallie Newbill (R) decided not to run for re-election. Price was the Republican nominee for Georgia’s 56th senate district. In the November general election, he defeated Democrat Ellen Milholland 71%–29%. In 1998, he won re-election to a second term by defeating her in a rematch, 75%–25%. In 2000 and 2002, he won re-election to a third and fourth term unopposed.

Committee assignments 
Administrative Affairs
Appropriations
Economic Development and Tourism (Vice Chair)
Education
Ethics
Insurance and Labor
Health and Human Services
Reapportionment
Reapportionment and Redistricting (Chair)
Rules (Secretary)
Veterans and Consumer Affairs

U.S. House of Representatives (2005–present)

In 2004, U.S. Congressman Johnny Isakson of Georgia’s 6th congressional district decided not to run for re-election in order to run for the U.S. Senate. No Democrat even filed, meaning that whoever won the Republican primary would be virtually assured of being the district’s next congressman. Six other Republican candidates filed to run, most notably state senators Robert Lamutt and Chuck Clay. In the August 10 run-off election, Price defeated Lamutt 54%–46%. They split the vote in Cherokee, but Price carried Fulton by a landslide of 79% of the vote. Lamutt couldn’t eliminate that deficit as he won Cobb with just 59% of the vote. Price won the general election unopposed.

2006
In 2006, Price drew one primary challenger, John Konop, whom he easily defeated 82%–18%. In November, he won re-election to a second term with 72% of the vote.

2008–2014
Price won re-election in 2008 (68%), 2010 (99.9%), and 2012 (65%).

2016
Price won the election in 2016 against Rodney Stooksbury (Democratic). Price received 61.6% of the votes.

Tenure

  • In 2011 Price voted to prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio
  • to terminate the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program
  • to extend the Patriot Act,
  • to repeal portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 on multiple occasions,
  • to reduce non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels (and subsequently voted against several amendments offered via motions to recommit with instructions), to reduce federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions,
  • to provide funding for government agencies, including the Department of Defense, through September 30, 2011,
  • to cut the Federal Housing Authority’s refinancing program,
  • and against a resolution which would force the president to withdraw American forces from Iraq.
  • In 2013, he was the main sponsor of the Require a PLAN Act (mandating that the President identify a fiscal year in the budget will be balanced).
  • He voted for the No Budget, No Pay Act and a resolution establishing a budget for the United States Government for FY 2014 that passed the House of Representatives.

 

  • Price opposes abortion and supported the proposed Protect Life Act of 2011, which would have denied Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) funding to health care plans that offered abortion (the PPACA already prevented public funding covering abortions) and allowed hospitals to decline to provide abortions. The bill excludes cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest and in cases where a woman suffers from a medical issue that would place her at risk of death unless an abortion is performed. He was rated at 100 by the National Right to Life Center. He was rated at 0 by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Price opposes gun control. He praised the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found that the absolute prohibition of handguns in the District of Columbia was unconstitutional, and McDonald v. Chicago, which stated that the Second Amendment applied to the states. He was given an “A” grade by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, a 92% approval rating overall from the National Rifle Association and an 83% approval rating from the Gun Owners of America, and a 0% approval rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • Price voted against a bill prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation (Nov 2007).
  • He voted in favor of constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman (Jul 2006).
  • Representative Price voted against H.R. 2965, which would have ended Don’t ask, don’t tell.
  • Price does not support federal regulation of farming. He has voted against regulating and restricting farmers, earning him a 70% from the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, due to this belief, the National Farmers Union gave him a 0% approval rate. He supported the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, stating that it would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from applying too many regulations to farming and ranching. He also voted for the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 which, had it become law, would have made supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available, if needed.
  • In 2008 Price signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.
  • Price is the sponsor of the Empowering Patients First Act (EPFA), which he first introduced in the 111th Congress and has reintroduced in each Congress since then. Originally intended to be a Republican alternative to Democratic efforts to reform the health care system, it has since been positioned by Price and other Republicans as a potential replacement to the PPACA. The bill, among other things, creates and expands tax credits for purchasing health insurance, allows for some interstate health insurance markets, and reforms medical malpractice lawsuits.
  • Price introduced the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013 (H.R. 1874; 113th Congress) on May 8, 2013. The bill would require the Congressional Budget Office to provide a macroeconomic impact analysis for bills that are estimated to have a large budgetary effect.

In total, Price has sponsored 55 bills, including:

109th Congress (2005–2006)

  • H.R. 3693, a bill to prevent all illegal border crossings after a certain date, introduced September 7, 2005
  • H.R. 3860, a bill to require each state and U.S. territory to maintain a sex offender registry, to increase punishments for sexual and violent crimes against children and minors, and to require background checks of individuals before approval of adoptive or foster services, introduced September 22, 2005
  • H.R. 3941, a bill to reduce foreign oil consumption to less than 25% of total oil consumption by no later than 2015, introduced September 29, 2005, reintroduced in the 110th Congress as H.R. 817
  • H.R. 6133, a bill to create national standards for work in laboratories that includes requiring proficiency in cytology or the study of cells, introduced September 21, 2006. H.R. 6133’s companion bill was S. 4056.

110th Congress (2007–2008)

  • H.R. 1685, a bill to require holders of personal financial data to increase security of such data, introduced March 26, 2007
  • H.R. 1761, a bill to create a competitive grant program to reward such grants to educational institutions and systems to develop and implement performance-based compensation systems for teachers to encourage teachers to improve educational outcomes, introduced March 29, 2007
  • H.R. 2626, a bill to allow for tax credits and deductions for purchasing health insurance, to revise government employer contribution amounts, to reform malpractice lawsuits, to provide financial aid to introduce health information technology, to allow for a tax credit for emergency room physicians to offset costs incurred because of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, and to promote interstate health insurance markets, introduced June 7, 2007. This bill served as the precursor to EPFA, and most of H.R. 2626’s provisions are included in EPFA.
  • H.R. 4464, a bill to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that it is not unlawful for any employer to require proficiency in English as a condition of employment, introduced December 12, 2007
  • H.R. 6910, a bill to expand oil and natural gas drilling and use revenue generated from such drilling to fund monetary rewards for advancing the research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of alternative fuel vehicles.

111th Congress (2009–2010)

  • H.R. 464, a bill to require states to cover 90% of eligible children for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the program for households with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), with special rules above 200% of the FPL, to prohibit SCHIP from funding child health care for children in households above 250% of the FPL, and to require more than one health plan to be offered in SCHIP. Modified versions of this bill’s provisions make up Title IV of EPFA.
  • H.R. 3140, a bill to repeal all unpaid provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to terminate the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and to allocate TARP repayments to reducing the federal government’s public debt
  • H.R. 3372, a bill to develop best practice guidelines for treating medical conditions and to reform malpractice lawsuits, introduced July 29, 2009, reintroduced in the 112th Congress as H.R. 2363. Modified versions of this bill’s provisions make up Title V of EPFA.
  • H.R. 6170, a bill to prevent the Secretary of Health and Human Services from precluding an enrollee, participant, or beneficiary in a health benefits plan from entering into any contract or arrangement for health care with any health care provider, excluding Medicaid and TRICARE. This bill’s provisions are included in Title X of EPFA.
  • H.R. 6171, a bill to prevent the Secretary of Health and Human Services or any state from requiring any health care provider to participate in any health plan as a condition of licensure of the provider in any state, introduced September 22, 2010, reintroduced in the 112th and 113th Congresses as H.R. 969. This bill’s provisions are included in Title X of EPFA.

112th Congress (2011–2012) 

  • H.R. 1700, a bill to allow for Medicare beneficiaries to contract with any health care professionals that provide care covered under the Medicare program, with special circumstances, introduced March 3, 2011, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 1310. This bill’s provisions are included in Title X of EPFA.
    H.R. 2077, a bill to repeal the medical loss ratio provision of the PPACA
  • H.R. 4066, a bill to exclude pathologists from Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments and penalties relating to electronic health records, introduced February 6, 2012, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 1309
    H.R. 6616, a bill to exempt U.S. securities transactions from financial taxes and penalties imposed by other nations

113th Congress (2013–2014) 

  • H.R. 1990 and H.R. 2009, bills to prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury, or any delegate of the Secretary, from implementing or enforcing any provisions of or amendments made by the PPACA or the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • H.R. 2009 has passed the House but has yet to become law.

Committee assignments 

  • Committee on the Budget
  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Subcommittee on Health
  • Subcommittee on Human Resources

 

 

 

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: @WilburRoss, #SecretaryOfCommerce #TrumpPresidente

January 6, 2017

 

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Born Wilbur Louis Ross, Jr.
November 28, 1937 in Weehawken, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Democratic (Formerly)
Spouse(s) Judith Nodine (1961–1995)
Betsy McCaughey (1995–2000)
Hilary Geary (2004–present)
Children 2 daughters (with Nodine)
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
Net worth US$2.5 billion (December 2016)

Wilbur Louis Ross, Jr. is an American investor, and former banker, known for restructuring failed companies in industries such as steel, coal, telecommunications, foreign investment and textiles. He specializes in leveraged buyouts and distressed businesses. As of August 2014, Forbes magazine lists Ross as one of the world’s billionaires with a net worth of $2.9 billion.

Ross grew up in an affluent family in suburban New Jersey. His father, Wilbur Louis Ross, Sr., was a lawyer who later became a judge, and his mother, Agnes (O’Neill), was a school teacher.

Ross drove 2 hours a day from NJ to attend the elite Catholic college preparatory Xavier High School in Manhattan. He ran track and was captain of the rifle team. He earned a BA degree from Yale College, which was also his father’s alma mater. At Yale, he edited a literary magazine and worked at the radio station. Initially, he wanted to be a writer, but after his experience in a fiction class requiring 500 words daily, he concluded that he had “run out of material.” His faculty adviser helped him get his first summer job on Wall Street. He earned his MBA degree at Harvard Business School.

Career

Rothschild Investments 

  • In the late 70’s, Ross began 24 years at the New York office of Rothschild Inc., where he ran the bankruptcy-restructuring advisory practice.
  • In the 80’s, after quickly expanding the reach of Resorts International to Atlantic City, Donald Trump found himself in financial trouble as the real estate market in NYC bottomed out. His three casinos in Atlantic City were under threat from lenders. It was with the assistance and assurance of Ross, then senior managing director of Rothschild Inc., that Trump was allowed to keep the casinos and rebuild his businesses.
  • In the late 90’s, Ross started a $200 million fund at Rothschild to invest in distressed assets. As the U.S. bubble began to burst, he decided he wanted to invest more and advise less. On April Fools’ Day 2000, the 62-year-old banker raised $450 million to plunge into fallen companies.

WL Ross & Co.

  • In 2000, Ross bought out his equity fund and opened WL Ross & Co. in New York with $440 million in investor money and a staff that included four top managers who, along with Ross, make up the firm’s investment committee: David H. Storper, who runs trading; David L. Wax, a longtime workout specialist; Stephen J. Toy, an Asia expert; and Pamela K. Wilson, a J.P. Morgan & Co. veteran.WL Ross & Co. was acquired by Amvescap (now Invesco) in 2006.

International Steel Group

  • Wilbur Ross at first had support of the local Steelworkers Union, negotiating a deal with them to “save” Pennsylvania’s steel industry.
  • Ross sold the Richfield, Ohio-based International Steel Group to Mittal Steel Company for $4.5 billion April 2005. As of 10 months later, Ross had not sold any of his Mittal shares.

International Textile Group (ITG)

  • Ross combined Burlington Industries and Cone Mills in 2004 to form International Textile Group. ITG operates 5 businesses, all of which operate under separate brand names: Cone Denim, Burlington Apparel Fabrics, Home Furnishings, Carlisle Finishing and Nano-Tex. The company entered into a 5-year, $150 million credit facility led by Bank of America. Other lenders in the bank group included GE Capital and CIT Group.

International Automotive Components Group (IAC) 

  • Ross, Chairman of International Automotive Components Group (“IAC”), announced on Oct 16, 2006 the completion the acquisition of Lear Corporation’s European Interiors Systems Division on a debt-free basis in exchange for 34% of the stock in IAC. The transaction will expand IAC’s presence in Europe to 20 facilities in 9 countries with approximately $1.2 billion in annual revenues. In early 2007, Lear completed the transfer of substantially all of its former North American Interior Systems Division to International Automotive Components Group North America. The deal involved 26 manufacturing plants and 2 Chinese joint ventures. Lear also contributed $27 million in cash for a 25% interest in IAC North America and warrants for an additional 7%.

Collins & Aikman Europe 

  • On November 28, 2005 the joint venture by Ross, Franklin Mutual Advisers, and Lear Corporation, announced an agreement to acquire from Collins & Aikman Europe (“C&A”) its $600 million operations in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom serving Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Porsche, Saab, Volkswagen, Volvo and other original equipment manufacturers. The exchange is subject to approval of the local insolvency authority and the Austrian Court.
  • The Joint Venture has also bought the subsidiary of C&A in Brazil.

Safety Components International

  • On December, 2005, Zapata Corp. Chairman, Avie Glazer, announced the sale of 4,162,394 shares, 77.3%, of Safety Components International to Ross for $51.2 million. Safety Components, an independent manufacturer of air bag fabrics and cushions, is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, USA and has plants in North America, Europe, China and South Africa.

Oxford Automotive 

  • Ross owns 25% of Oxford Automotive, a French company, which is in talks to be taken over by Wagon.

International Coal Group

  • Ross founded the International Coal Group, which has now gone public. The United Mine Workers of America protested the bankruptcy regulations that had allowed him to set up the International Coal Group free of labor unions, health care and pensions.

Political activities 

  • Ross served under U.S. President Bill Clinton on the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund
  • Served under NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Mayor’s privatization advisor.
  • In January 1998 he put $2.25 million in seed money into McCaughey Ross’s campaign. Although he was an early supporter of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, Ross in earlier years was a registered Democrat, served as an officer of the New York State Democratic Party and held fundraisers for Democratic candidates at his apartment in NYC.
  • Since at least 2011, Ross began donating to Republican candidates and organizations, and became a registered Republican in 2016.

Organizational memberships and directorships 

  • Ross is a member and past director of the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute and a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
  • As of January 2012, Ross was the leader (or “Grand Swipe”) of the secret Wall Street fraternity, Kappa Beta Phi.
  • He serves on the board of trustees of the Brookings Institution and the board of advisors of Yale School of Management. He donated $10 million for the construction of Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management.

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: General John Kelly , Secretary of Homeland Security #GeneralKelly #SecretaryOfHomelandSecurity #TrumpPresidente

January 5, 2017

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  • John Francis Kelly (born May 11, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
  • Kelly previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009.
  • Kelly succeeded General Douglas M. Fraser as commander of USSOUTHCOM on November 19, 2012. Kelly was succeeded by Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd on January 14, 2016.
  • On December 7, 2016, it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Kelly to be the fifth United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Early life and education

  • Kelly was born on May 11, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was raised in an Irish-Catholic family. Before he turned 16, he had hitch-hiked across the country at least once, including a freight-hop from Seattle to Chicago. He then served for one year as a United States Merchant Marine.
  • He initially enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged from active duty as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1976, he was commissioned on December 27, 1975 as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps via Officer Candidates School.
  • He received a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in 1984.
  • Captain Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984, to command a rifle and weapons company. Promoted to the rank of Major in 1987, he served as the battalion’s operations officer.
  • In 1987, Major Kelly transferred to the Basic School, Quantico, VA, serving first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later assuming the duties of the Director of the Infantry Officer Course.
  • After 3 years of instructing young officers, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School for Advanced Warfare, both located at Quantico. Completing duty under instruction and selected for Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Holding this command position for two years,.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kelly returned to the East Coast in 1994, to attend the National War College inWashington, DC.
  • He graduated in 1995, and was selected to serve as the Commandant’s Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill, where he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
  • In 1999, Colonel Kelly transferred to joint duty and served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium.
  • He returned to the United States in 2001, and was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, now as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 with the 2nd Marine Division.
  • In 2002, selected to the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel Kelly again served with the 1st Marine Division, this time as the Assistant Division Commander.
    Much of Brigadier General Kelly’s two-year assignment was spent deployed in Iraq.
  • He then returned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant from 2004 to 2007.
  • Promoted to major general, he returned to Camp Pendleton as the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The command deployed to Iraq in early 2008 for a year-long mission, replacing II Marine Expeditionary Force as Multinational Force-West in Al Anbar and western Ninewa provinces. LtGen Kelly commanded Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North from October 2009 to March 2011.
  • General Kelly then goes to the United States Southern Command from his previous position as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2011 to October 2012.

Awards

  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star and Combat V
  • Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation
  • Medal w/ 3 award stars
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ 1 oak leaf cluster
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars
  • Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 service star Iraq
  • Campaign Medal w/ 3 service stars
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 4 service stars
  • Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Grand Officer of the Order of San Carlos (Colombia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge

Personal life 

In 2010, Kelly’s 29 year old son, First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, was killed when he stepped on a landmine while leading a platoon on a patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan. The younger Kelly was a former enlisted Marine and was on his third combat tour, but on his first combat tour as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer. At the time of his death, Robert Kelly was with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Robert Kelly’s death made John Kelly the highest-ranking military officer to lose a son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan. Kelly’s eldest son is a Marine Corps major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation #ElaineChao #SecretaryOfTransportation #TrumpPresidente

January 4, 2017

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  • Born March 26, 1953
  • Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
  • Chao was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. President’s Cabinet.
  • She served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.
  • Chao is married to Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has been the Senate Majority Leader since 3 January 2015.
  • On 29 November 2016, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Chao to serve as the Secretary of Transportation. 

    Early life and education

  • The eldest of six daughters, Chao was born to Ruth Mulan Chu Chao a historian, and James S.C. Chao, who began his career as a merchant mariner, and founded a successful shipping company in New York City called Foremost Shipping.
  • Chao’s parents had fled to Taiwan from Shanghai after the Chinese Communists took over following the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
  • At 8 years old, she came to the US on a freight ship with her mother and 2 sisters. Her father arrived in NYC 3 years earlier after receiving a scholarship.
  • Chao attended Syosset High School in, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1975, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.
  • At Mount Holyoke, she played field hockey, was a member of the horseback riding club, edited the yearbook, served as the student representative for the economics department, and worked as a Mount Holyoke recruiter.
  • Chao has received 36 honorary doctorates, most recently an honorary DHL degree from Georgetown University.

Career

  • Chao was Vice President for syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group in San Francisco, California, and an International Banker at Citicorp in New York for four years.
  • She was granted a White House Fellowship in 1983.
  • In 1986, Chao became Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • From 1988 to 1989, she served as Chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission.
  • In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Chao to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • From 1991 to 1992, she was the Director of the Peace Corps.
  • She was the first Asian Pacific American to serve in any of these positions. She expanded the Peace Corps’s presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by establishing the first Peace Corps programs in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
  • Following her service in the government, Chao worked for 4 years as President and CEO of United Way of America. She is credited with returning credibility and public trust in the organization after a financial mismanagement scandal involving former president William Aramony.
  • From 1996 until her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
  • She was also a board member of the Independent Women’s Forum. She returned to the Heritage Foundation after leaving the government in January 2009.
  • Chao was the only cabinet member in the George W. Bush administration to serve for the entirety of his eight years.[19] She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor since Frances Perkins, who served from 1933 to 1945, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Under her leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor undertook regulatory and legislative reforms in “protecting the health, safety, wages, and retirement security” of U.S. workers by “recovering record levels of back wages and monetary recoveries for pension plans, and obtaining record financial settlements for discrimination by federal contractors.” She also restructured departmental programs and modernized regulations.
  • In 2002, a major West Coast ports dispute costing the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion daily was resolved when the Bush administration obtained a national emergency injunction against both the employers and the union under the Taft–Hartley Act for the first time since 1971.
  • In 2003, for the first time in more than 40 years, the Department updated the labor union financial disclosure regulations under the Landrum–Griffin Act of 1959 to provide union members with more information on union finances. In 2004, the Department issued revisions of the white-collar overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • In July and August 2003, Chao and her colleagues, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, took a bus across the country on their “Jobs and Growth Tour” aimed at promoting the benefits of the Bush administration’s tax cuts.

Life after Bush administration (2009–2016)

  • Elaine Chao and her father James Si-Cheng Chao met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan in 2016
  • In 2009 Chao resumed her previous role as a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and she contributes to Fox News and other media outlets.
  • She serves as a director on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Wells Fargo, NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, News Corp, Dole Food Company, and Protective Life Corporation.
  • In June 2011, she was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
  • In January 2015 she resigned from the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which she had joined in 2012, because of its plans to significantly increase support for the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” initiative.
  • In 2011 and 2013, Chao attended Shanghai signing ceremonies for Capesize bulkers launched by the Foremost Group, her father’s company, where she spoke publicly about U.S.–China relations.
  • At the 2013 ceremony, Chao stated, “The U.S.-China relations is among the most important bilateral relationships in the world. And as such, there is no other alternative but to have a harmonious and a cooperative relationship. As with any relationship, there are bound to be ups, downs, disagreements, but in the overall scheme of things, in the overall direction, for the benefit of the world, the U.S. and China must get along, and must find a way to do so.”
  • In 2013, Chao recorded a motivational video to inspire Asian-American children.
  • Chao is a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute.
  • She also organized the “orientation for the spouses of Republican senators” in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education #BetsyDevos #SecretaryOfEducation #TrumpPresidente

January 3, 2017

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Chair of the Michigan Republican Party 2003–2005
Born Elisabeth Prince
January 8, 1958
Holland, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse Dick DeVos
Children 4
Graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science.

Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist from Michigan.

  • DeVos is a prominent member of the Republican Party known for her advocacy of school choice, voucher programs, and ties to the Christian community.
  • She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003.
  • DeVos was one of the architects of the Detroit charter school system.
  • Member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
  • She has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and heads the All Children Matter PAC.
  • DeVos is married to Dick DeVos and is the daughter-in-law of billionaire Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway.
  • Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of Blackwater Worldwide.
  • DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince founder of the Prince Corporation.
  • On November 23, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.

Business career:

  • DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Founded it in 1989.
  • In 2011, DeVos via the Windquest Group, invested in Energetx Composites, a wind energy company. They were drawn to it because it aligned with Windquest Group’s clean energy focus. Windquest also invested in another Western Michigan firm, Cascade Engineering, to create a water filter used to help clean water efforts.
  • DeVos and her husband were producers for the Broadway stage play “Scandalous”: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, in 2012. Based on the life of the famous evangelist and featuring a book and lyrics written by Kathie Lee Gifford, the show ran for 3 weeks.

Non-profit work:

  • Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
    Launched in 1989. According to its website, they are motivated by faith, and centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in: education, community, arts, justice, and leadership.
  • Kennedy Center
    DeVos was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, and served until 2010. While she was on the board, she and her husband funded a center to teach arts managers and boards of directors how to fundraise and manage their cultural institutions. The couple donated $22.5 million in 2010 to continue the endeavor, which was given in the name the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
  • After the announcement of the DeVoses’ gift to the Kennedy Center, DeVos explained that she had been persuaded by Kennedy Center official Michael Kaiser’s observation that millions of dollars are invested but not in “training the leaders who hire the artists and run the organizations.” The DeVoses’ gift was intended to remedy this oversight. “We want to help develop human capital and leverage that capital to the greatest extent possible.” The DeVoses’ gift, part of which would be spent on arts groups in Michigan that had been hit hard by the recession, was the largest private donation in the Kennedy Center’s history.
  • In 2009, DeVos and her family founded ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Education
    School Vouchers 
  • DeVos is known as a “a fierce proponent of school vouchers” that would allow students to attend private schools with public funding. According to The New York Times, it “is hard to find anyone more passionate about the idea of steering public dollars away from traditional public schools than Betsy DeVos.”
  • An article in The Washington Post stated that “her policy positions on school vouchers appear to be motivated by her Christian faith”.
  • DeVos served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice.
  • She heads the All Children Matter PAC which she and her husband founded in 2003 to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes.
  • Other activities on behalf of public-school reform have included membership on the boards of directors of the Advocates for School Choice, the American Education Reform Council, and the Education Freedom Fund. She has chaired the boards of Choices for Children, and Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP).
  • DeVos is Chair of the American Federation for Children (AFC), which ia a leading national advocacy organization promoting school choice.
  • During the 1990s, she served on the boards of Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which sought to expand school choice through vouchers and tax credits.
  • She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in 1993, and for the unsuccessful effort in 2000 to amend Michigan’s constitution to allow tax-credit scholarships or vouchers. In response to that defeat, DeVos started a PAC, the Great Lakes Education Project, which championed charter schools. DeVos’s husband and John Walton then founded All Children Matter, a political organization, which she chaired.

Detroit charter school system 

  • A study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that: “the typical student in Michigan charter schools gains more learning in a year than his TPS [traditional public schools] counterparts, amounting to about two months of additional gains in reading and math. These positive patterns are even more pronounced in Detroit, where historically student academic performance has been poor.”
  • The DeVoses have also established an annual scholarship, called the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which is awarded to students earning a BBA or combined BBA/MBA at Northwood University.
  • DeVos is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), think tank founded by Jeb Bush whose stated goal is to “build an American education system that equips every child to achieve his or her God-given potential.”

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Jeff Sessions, Attorney General #JeffSessions #AttorneyGeneral #TrumpPresidente

December 30, 2016

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  • Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama on December 24, 1946.
  • The son of a country store owner. Growing up in the country, Sessions was instilled with the core values – honesty, hard work, belief in God and parental respect – that define him today.
  • In 1964, he became an Eagle Scout and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
  • Sessions worked his way through Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969.
  • He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama in 1973.
  • Sessions served in the United States Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986 ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. He still considers that period to be one of the most rewarding chapters of his life.

Sessions’ interest in the law led to a distinguished legal career:

  • First as a practicing attorney in Russellville, and Mobile, Alabama
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977)
  • Nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years.
  • Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate.

As a United States Senator, Sessions has focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, and providing tax relief to stimulate economic growth and empowering Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.

  • Dubbed a “budget hawk” by the Alabama press, Sen. Sessions was selected for the 112th and 113th Congresses to serve as the Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee to restrain the growth of federal spending and make permanent tax cuts.
  • As a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he is a leading advocate of confirming federal judges who follow the law and do not legislate from the bench.
  • As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sessions is a strong advocate for the military, including the four major defense installations in Alabama.
  • Sessions also serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. His membership on the EPW Committee provides him the opportunity to develop policies that promote reliable and affordable energy sources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
  • A strong environmentalist, he was responsible for legislation that created the newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge system, the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge near Anniston.
  • He authored legislation that extended wilderness protection for Dugger Mountain in the Talladega National Forest, and
  • The White House, upon Sessions’ recommendation, formed a high-level working group to assess mercury pollution in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Senator Sessions authored the Honoring Every Requirement of Exemplary Service (HEROES) Act, which was signed into law in May 2005. This legislation increased the payment received by the families of fallen combat soldiers from $12,000 to $100,000 and also increased the maximum servicemen’s life insurance benefit from $250,000 to $400,000.
  • Sessions played a leading role in ensuring that the Medicare Prescription Drug law included a rural health care component that reduced the disparity in Medicare payments that has devastated Alabama hospitals.
  • Sessions authored a key provision in the 2001 tax cut bill to make interest earned on tuition savings and prepaid tuition plans tax free.
  • Senator Sessions joined in leading efforts to make funding more equal in the Ryan White CARE Act. The South has been hardest hit with HIV/AIDS in recent years, but the funding formula kept most of the money going to big cities. The new legislation will bring much-needed funding to Alabama, making health care available for low-income Alabamians living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Sessions was the author of the Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Law of 2000, which authorized badly needed funds for state and local crime labs to reduce the backlog of ballistics, blood, and DNA tests
  • Senator Sessions worked closely with his Gulf state-colleagues to open 8.3 million acres of land in the Gulf of Mexico to new energy exploration, the first such expansion in decades. The newly opened tract of land, which is 125 miles off the coast, contains an estimated 1.3 billion barrels of oil and 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The law also included a provision to share tens-of-millions of federal revenue dollars each year with Alabama to fund environmental restoration and coastal infrastructure projects.

While serving in the United States Senate, Sessions has received numerous awards including:

  • the American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence
  • The Reserve Officers Association Minuteman of the Year Award
  • The National Taxpayers Union Friend of the Taxpayer Award
  • The Watchdogs of the Treasury Golden Bulldog Award
  • The National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award
  • The Coalition of Republican Environment Advocates Teddy Roosevelt Environmental Award; and
  • The Alabama Farmers Federation Service to Agriculture Award.

In 2014, the people of Alabama overwhelmingly voted to return Sessions to the Senate for a fourth term, electing him with more than 97 percent of all votes cast.

He keeps close tabs on the concerns of his Alabama constituents, holding town meetings and traveling to all 67 counties in the state each year.

While serving as the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee in the 110th Congress, Sessions was the senior Republican who questioned Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Sessions focused on Sotomayor’s views on empathy as a quality for a judge, arguing that “empathy for one party is always prejudice against another.”Sessions also questioned the nominee about her views on the use of foreign law in deciding cases,as well as her role in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF).

On July 28, 2009, Sessions joined five Republican colleagues in voting against Sotomayor’s nomination in the Judiciary Committee. The committee approved Sotomayor by a vote of 13–6. Sessions also voted against Sotomayor when her nomination came before the full Senate. He was one of 31 senators (all Republicans) to do so, while 68 voted to confirm the nominee.

Sessions also served as the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee during the nomination process for Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Sessions based his opposition on the nominee’s lack of experience, her background as a political operative (Kagan had said that she worked in the Clinton White House not as a lawyer but as a policy adviser), and her record on guns, abortion, and gay rights. Sessions pointed out that Kagan “has a very thin record legally, never tried a case, never argued before a jury, only had her first appearance in the appellate courts a year ago.”

Sessions focused the majority of his criticism on Kagan’s treatment of the military while she was dean of Harvard Law School. During her tenure, Kagan reinstated the practice of requiring military recruiters to coordinate their activities through a campus veterans organization, rather than the school’s Office of Career Services. Kagan argued that she was trying to comply with a law known as the Solomon Amendment, which barred federal funds from any college or university that did not grant military recruiters equal access to campus facilities. Sessions asserted that Kagan’s action was a violation of the Solomon Amendment and that it amounted to “demeaning and punishing the military.” He also argued that her action showed a willingness to place her politics above the law, and questioned “whether she had the intellectual honesty, the clarity of mind, that you would expect on the Supreme Court.”

On July 20, 2010, Sessions and five Republican colleagues voted against Kagan’s nomination. Despite this, the Judiciary Committee approved the nomination by a 13–6 vote. Sessions also voted against Kagan in the full Senate vote, joining 36 other senators (including one Democrat) in opposition. 63 senators voted to confirm Kagan. Following the vote, Sessions remarked on future nominations and elections, saying that Americans would “not forgive the Senate if we further expose our Constitution to revision and rewrite by judicial fiat to advance what President Obama says is a broader vision of what America should be.”

Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, Sessions refused to consider any nominee for the position. Sessions maintained his opposition after President Obama nominated D.C. Circuit judge Merrick Garland, joining other Republican Senators in delaying a Supreme Court hearing until the inauguration of a new president.

Sessions has served as a lay leader and as a Sunday school teacher at his family’s church, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, in Mobile. He served as the Chairman of his church’s Administrative Board and has been selected as a delegate to the annual Alabama Methodist Conference.

2016 presidential election

Sessions was an early supporter of the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, and was a major policy adviser to the Trump campaign, especially in regard to immigration and national security. Sessions donned a “Make America Great Again” cap at a Trump rally in August 2015, and Stephen Miller, Sessions’s longtime-communications director, joined the Trump campaign. On February 28, 2016, Sessions officially endorsed Donald Trump for president. The Trump campaign considered Sessions for the position of running mate, and Sessions was widely seen as a potential Cabinet secretary in a Trump administration.

After electoral victory and his nominee-designation by President-elect Trump as Attorney General, Sessions also played a large role in appointments and policy preparation relative to space, NASA and related facilities in Alabama.

President-elect Trump announced on November 18, 2016, that he plans to nominate Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States.[50]

Sessions and his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions, originally of Gadsden, Alabama, have three children, Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions Walk, and Sam. They have seven granddaughters, Jane Ritchie, Alexa, Gracie, Sophia, Hannah, Joanna, and Phoebe and three grandsons, Jim Beau, Lewis, and Nicholas.

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President #TrumpPresidente #KellyanneConway

December 29, 2016

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Born Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
January 20, 1967
Atco, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George Conway
Alma mater Trinity Washington University
(BA)
George Washington University
(JD)

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is an American Republican campaign manager, strategist, and pollster. She is president and CEO of The Polling Company Inc./Woman Trend, and has been a 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.

Kellyanne Conway views herself as an activist Gen X woman conservative.

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. 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. At the time, Trump was trailing 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.” Trump ultimately won the presidential election, with Conway being credited by The Guardian for playing a major role in transforming Trump’s campaign and for appealing to female voters.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1. She is very well-educated.

Conway graduated magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in political science. She then studied at Oxford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious honors society, and later earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School.

2. She’s also a former pageant winner.

Conway grew up in Atco, New Jersey, a town in the southern part of the state, not far from Atlantic City. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant at 16. Conway was not only a pageant winner but also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer, thanks to eight summers packing blueberries on a farm. Conway credits her experience in the farm in Hammonton, NJ for teaching her a strong work ethic. “The faster you went, the more money you’d make.” “Everything I learned about life and business started on that farm.”

3. She’s worked extensively with Republican lawmakers.

Conway is president and CEO of the Polling Company, which she founded in 1995. Her company often works with Republican candidates to appeal to female voters and the client list reads like a who’s who of conservative politicians and organizations: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich’s former presidential campaign, Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Family Research Council, Congressman Jack Kemp; Senator Fred Thompson; former Vice President Dan Quayle; amongst others.

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 appeared 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 predicting the 2004 elections.

4. She was raised by women.

Conway’s parent divorced when she was 3 years old. “I grew up in a house with my mom and her mom, and two of my mother’s unmarried sisters,” she explained. “So four Italian Catholic women raised me.”

5.  She wrote a book titled What Women Really Want.

In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live along with Democratic strategist Celinda Lake. “By delving beneath the radioactive, hot-button issues,” the book’s Amazon description reads, “Lake and Conway discovered common causes with which women are inventing a new age of opportunity — doing it their way and, in the process, improving life for all Americans.”

6. She’s pro-immigration reform (or at least was).

Although President elect Trump’s campaign had been decidedly anti-immigrant — build a wall, shut down Muslim immigration — Conway has a rather enlightened view on this matter. In 2014, she tried to convince Republicans to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and legal status for undocumented workers. She also co-authored a memo for the pro-immigration group FWD.us that delved into the benefits of creating a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented workers. She was among 16 Republican pollsters to sign the memo.

7. She will be the highest-ranking woman in the White House.
She will be the highest-ranking woman in the White House, according to the New York Times.

 

Today’s Scouting Report on America’s Dream Team: Thomas Bossert, White House Homeland Security Advisor #HomelandSecurity#TrumpPresidente #TomBossert

December 28, 2016

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Succeeding Lisa Monaco
Political party Republican
Education University of Pittsburgh (BA)
George Washington University
(JD)

Thomas P. “Tom” Bossert is an American lawyer and Republican White House staffer.

  • Served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity
  • Co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security.
  • Bossert held positions in the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • The Small Business Administration
  • The Office of the Independent Counsel, and
  • The House of Representatives.
  • He also was appointed as the Director of Infrastructure Protection under Bush, overseeing the security of critical U.S. infrastructure.
  • Following that, he was appointed the Senior Director for Preparedness Policy within the Executive Office of the President.

Bossert attended the University of Pittsburgh to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics in 1997 and attended George Washington University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in 2003.

Following the end of the Bush administration, Bossert was made a Nonresident Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Security Initiative, a position he held until 2016. He also became president of the risk management consulting firm Civil Defense Solutions.

On December 27, 2016, the Trump transition team announced that President-elect Donald Trump intends to appoint Bossert to the post of Homeland Security Advisor (officially titled the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism), a position that does not require Senate confirmation. Unlike under President Obama, the Homeland Security Advisor will be of equal status and rank as the National Security Advisor under the Trump administration, perhaps indicating that President-elect Trump intends to separate the homeland security advisory staff from the national security advisory staff, as it was before the Obama administration.

Today’s Scouting Report. Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary #PressSecretary#TrumpPresidente #SeanSpicer

December 27, 2016

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Sean Michael Spicer
September 23, 1971
Barrington, Rhode Island, U.S.
Spouse(s) Rebecca Miller (2004–present)
Children 2
Education Connecticut College (BA)
Naval War College (MA)

Sean Michael Spicer is the son of Kathryn (Grossman) and Michael William Spicer of Barrington, Rhode Island. His father was an insurance agent, and his mother an academic manager. Spicer was educated at Portsmouth Abbey School, and is a graduate of Connecticut College. In 2012, he received a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport.

Career

  • In 1999, Spicer joined the Navy Reserves, and holds the rank of commander.
  • In 2004, Spicer was the communications director and spokesman for the House Budget Committee.
  • He has been communications director of the Republican National Committee since 2011, and chief strategist since February 2015.
  • On December 22, 2016, Spicer was named as the White House Press Secretary for the presidency of Donald Trump.

Sean M. Spicer is a seasoned communicator and strategist who has been combining his communications skills, creative sense, political savvy and issue knowledge to create, lead and implement successful public policy and issue campaign efforts for over fifteen years. He has a diverse and extensive background including senior positions on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, and the top ranks of the administration.