Last week Sarah Sanders announced she would be leaving her post as press secretary for the Trump administration.
Much speculation has occurred as to her replacement, until now.
In an announcement coming from the first lady, Stephanie Grisham will be taking on the roll.
The first lady took to Twitter to make the announcement saying, “I am pleased to announce
@StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest”
I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019
Here’s a little more background on Stephanie Grisham.
In 2007, Grisham was the spokeswoman for AAA Arizona. Later, she was the spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, then for Arizona House of Representatives Republican caucus, and then Arizona House Speaker David Gowan.
In 2012, Grisham worked for Mitt Romney’s campaign.
In 2014, Grisham, then a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general’s office, witnessed the execution of Joseph Wood.
In 2015, Grisham, as an independent contractor, coordinated press for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia. Later in 2015, she served as a press aide to the Trump campaign. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Grisham first took a long-term, unpaid leave from the Arizona House of Representatives to work on Trump’s campaign. Arizona House Speaker David Gowan paid her $19,000 in state salary over an 8-week period while she was serving as a member of the Trump transition team.
After Trump’s victory, in 2017, Grisham was named Deputy Press Secretary for Sean Spicer in the West Wing of the White House.
“Grisham was one of Trump’s early Arizona staffers. She helped arrange his campaign stops in Phoenix and around the state and region throughout the primary, a role that quickly expanded to include his rallies around the U.S.. After his victory, Grisham was named a special adviser for operations and has been serving on Trump’s transition team.”