As President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign gets underway, his team announced earlier this week that Kimberly Guilfoyle will be joining it as senior campaign adviser. Guilfoyle, a former host on Fox News, began dating Donald Jr. two months after his then-estranged wife Vanessa Trump filed for divorce. News leaked of their relationship in May 2018, a mere eight weeks or so after it was announced that the Trumps were splitting. The Trumps were already living separately at the time.
Guilfoyle was closely associated with the Trump family long before she began dating Donald Jr., and has been a vocal supporter of the family and its politics. Here are five things to know about her:
1. She worked as a lawyer and a model before switching to television
Guilfoyle received her law degree from the University of San Francisco and went on pursue a career as a prosecutor. Despite being fired from her first job in San Francisco after Terence Hallinan was elected district attorney, she landed the role of deputy district attorney in Los Angeles, where she worked for four years. Hallinan later re-hired her in 2000 and she worked as an assistant district attorney until 2004, earning international recognition for her successful conviction in the 2002 case People v. Noel and Knoller, a second-degree murder trial involving a dog mauling.
Before her legal career took off, she also modelled for Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret while in school.
2. She worked in television for two years before joining Fox News
She began her television career hosting the program “Both Sides” on Court TV in 2004 and worked as a legal analyst on “Anderson Cooper 360.” She first joined Fox News in 2006 as host of the weekend show “The Lineup,” which was eventually cancelled. Guilfoyle continued to regularly contribute to the show and was ultimately picked up to co-host “The Five,” an afternoon panel talk show.
3. She became the First Lady of San Francisco in 2003 after her then-husband Gavin Newsom was elected as mayor
She married Newsom in 2001 and served as first lady for two years before divorcing him in 2005, citing the strains of a bi-coastal marriage.
4. She was a contender for the role of White House press secretary in 2016 and 2017 but turned it down because of her contract with Fox
Despite her marriage to Newsom, a Liberal politician, Guilfoyle has always identified as politically conservative and registered as a Republican in college. She has also long been friends with members of the Trump family and has been pictured with them frequently for over a decade. Although she expressed interest in the press secretary role, she ultimately turned it down having already committed to a long-term contract with Fox News.
5. She joined a Pro-Trump PAC in 2018 after leaving Fox News
She joined America First Action, a group formed by Trump allies, as vice-chairwoman in July 2018, to assist with media and fundraising outreach. She left the group after accepting the role of senior adviser for the president’s 2020 reelection campaign.