Sarah Huckabee Sanders is deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary in the presidential administration of Donald Trump (R). She is the founding partner of Second Street Strategies in Little Rock, Arkansas where she works on national political campaigns and on campaigns for federal office in Arkansas. In 2016, after managing Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, she signed on as a senior advisor for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, handling the Trump campaign’s communications for coalitionsHuckabee Sanders previously managed the 2016 presidential campaign of Mike Huckabee and worked as Huckabee’s national political director in 2008. She served as a senior advisor to Tim Pawlenty in his 2012 presidential run.
She was also involved in the campaigns of both U.S. Senators from Arkansas, directing John Boozman’s 2010 campaign and serving as an advisor to Tom Cotton’s 2014 re-election.
Huckabee Sanders is Mike Huckabee’s daughter and is married to Bryan Sanders, Huckabee’s 2016 media consultant.
Huckabee Sanders initially worked in politics as a field coordinator for Mike Huckabee in his 2002 Arkansas gubernatorial re-election, as a regional liaison for congressional affairs at the Department of Education and as an Ohio field director for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign.
In 2008, Huckabee Sanders worked as the national political director for Huckabee’s presidential campaign, and, according to the campaign, directed the “Iowa campaign to a landslide upset victory in the Iowa caucuses.” A 2007 profile in Time magazine noted that Huckabee Sanders’ time in the 2008 campaign was spent “working up to 90 hours a week, running her father’s schedule and event briefings not only in Iowa but in South Carolina and New Hampshire; in addition, she oversees outreach and acts as her Dad’s surrogate in Iowa.” USA Today noted that she advised her father “on everything from debate strategy to tie selection. Father and daughter became close, personally and politically, during regular Wednesday breakfasts while he was governor of Arkansas.” After Huckabee withdrew from the race, she became the director of Huck PAC, a political action committee aiming “to promote conservative principles and help elect conservative candidates at every level of government.”
Sarah Huckabee with her father, Mike Huckabee, during his campaign in South Carolina
As campaign manager for John Boozman’s (R-Ark.) 2010 U.S. Senate race, Huckabee Sanders worked to position Boozman’s opponent as a “solid vote for President Obama” and Boozman as an alternative who “stands up to the Obama Administration’s reckless agenda.” During the campaign, Huckabee Sanders stood in for Boozman—who was then in the House of Representatives—in the first debate of the Republican primary. Huckabee Sanders insisted that Boozman was unavailable to debate himself because he was “in D.C. fighting against (the Senate health care bill).”
That year, she also married fellow campaign consultant Bryan Sanders, who she met during Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign in Iowa. Huckabee Sanders was also named to Time magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2010. She told the magazine that the most important issue to her was about family: “America needs more fathers taking an active role in their children’s lives. Kids who are the victims of broken families are more likely to end up in poverty, rehab, or jail. I’m a Republican, but I respect President Obama for setting the right example and addressing this problem. I hope more people will join him in his efforts.”
Tim Pawlenty presidential campaign, 2012
During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Huckabee Sanders joined the campaign for Tim Pawlenty, focusing initially on Pawlenty’s Iowa campaign. Of her decision to join Pawlenty’s campaign, she said: “I’m delighted to join the Governor and First Lady in Iowa, which holds a special place in my heart … It’s clear to me that Gov. Pawlenty has what it takes to unite the party, unite the country and beat President Obama.” At the time of her hiring, in July 2011, Pawlenty was trailing in the Iowa polls. The Los Angeles Times noted that Huckabee Sanders “fits with Pawlenty’s current all-Iowa, all-the-time strategy” at that point in his campaign.
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