As White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has become one of the more recognizable faces of President Donald Trump’s administration — and the media has not been kind. Still, in an administration rocked by disloyalty on the inside and constant attacks from Democrats and the media, Sanders is a solid, reliable presence.
She initially served as deputy press secretary prior to moving up to fill the position left vacated by the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer in July 2017. As deputy press secretary, Sanders earned an annual salary of $165,000. According to NJ.com, Sanders received a raise along with her promotion to press secretary and reportedly earns a salary of $179,700 … a fair sum considering the abuse she takes as the face of an administration under constant attack from an antagonistic media.
Sanders is married to political consultant Bryan Sanders, whom she met while working together on the 2008 presidential campaign of her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The couple eventually got married in 2010 and have since had three children, a girl named Scarlett and two boys named George and William.
Sanders met her future husband on her father’s 2008 presidential campaign, but that wasn’t her first foray into the political sphere.
She cut her teeth in 2002 while serving as a field director for her father’s re-election campaign for governor of Arkansas.
She went on to serve as national political director of Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign and was essentially promoted to serve as the campaign manager of his 2016 presidential bid as well.
In between those two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, Sanders also served as campaign manager for Arkansas Sen. John Boozman in 2012, as well as for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 2011/12.
She was also a top adviser to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton during his 2014 campaign for office.
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After her father dropped out of the 2016 Republican Primary race, Sanders moved over to join the Trump campaign in February 2016, and entered the White House in January 2017 along with the rest of the incoming administration at that point.
There have been rumors that Sanders will soon be leaving the administration — granted, those rumors have been swirling for some six months — but she remains in the White House for now.
In the meantime, Sanders is doing an excellent job of presenting the president’s message and pushing back against hostile reporters. We hope she stays for a long time.