President-Elect Donald Trump on Thursday tapped his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, for a job in the West Wing of the White House.
Conway, who became the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, will become counselor to the president. It is a similar title to the one that Trump gave Stephen Bannon, the former Breitbart News executive who left to become the top official with the campaign in August.
“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory.”
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Trump indicated that Conway would continue her role as close adviser and would work with senior leaders in the White House to communicate the new president’s message and execute his legislative priorities.
“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing.”
A longtime Republican pollster, Conway came aboard the Trump train along with Bannon and was practically ubiquitous on television during the long campaign.
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A Trinity College graduate, the 49-year-old New Jersey native holds a law degree from George Washington University. She also has four young children.
“I would say that I don’t play golf and I don’t have a mistress, so I have a lot of time that a lot of these other men don’t,” she said on the Fox Business Channel on Thursday. “I see people on the weekend spending an awful lot of time on their golf games and that’s their right, but the kids will be with me. We live in the same house, and they come first.”
Trump called Conway up to the stage on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, the last stop on his post-election “thank you” tour.
In a statement released by the transition team, Conway thanked the president-elect.
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“I want to thank the president-elect for this amazing opportunity,” Conway said in the statement, “A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results.”