Sarah Huckabee Sanders is an American political adviser and campaign manager, probably best known for working as the Press Secretary for the Trump Administration. She was elected governor of Arkansas in January 2023, becoming the first woman from this state to hold that position. Sarah replaced fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and will also become the first daughter in US history to serve as governor of the same state her father led.
Huckabee Sanders beat Democrat Chris Jones, who is a pastor and former nonprofit leader but has a degree in nuclear engineering from MIT. Arkansas last elected a Democratic governor in 2010 and is now a state strongly oriented to the right.
What is Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s net worth?
At the time this article is written Sarah Huckabee has a net worth of $1.5 million, while her annual salary dropped to $158,739. She was earning $179,700 per year as Press Secretary.
Childhood and teenage years
Sarah Elizabeth Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas on 13 August 1982. She has two older siblings, Janet Huckabee, and Mike Huckabee. Sarah grew up in Texarkana and Pine Bluff and attended the courses at the Little Rock Central High School. She was elected student body president during her college years. Also, she was an active member of different Republican student groups.
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Sarah Huckabee attended her father’s alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In 2004 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in mass communications.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders started her political career helping her father, Mike Huckabee, with his first campaign for the United States Senate. The campaign wasn’t a success and later Sarah admitted that they didn’t employ enough people for this project. Though, her father became the governor of Arkansas later in 1996.
In 2002 Sarah was the field coordinator for her father’s reelection campaign for the gubernatorial seat. This time it was a success. In that period, Sarah also worked at the US Department of Education under President Bush, as a regional liaison for congressional affairs.
In 2004 she worked as a field coordinator for Bush’s reelection campaign in Ohio.
In 2016 Sarah Huckabee Sanders was involved in her father’s campaign for the presidency. As her father withdrew from the campaign, she began working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Her work focused mostly on the campaign’s communications for coalitions.
After Donald Trump’s victory, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was named the Deputy White House Press Secretary for the new administration. In 2017, Sarah stepped in for Sean Spicer and gave her first press briefing as he wasn’t available at that time. She continued to stand in for Sean in different situations. In that period Sarah built a reputation for strongly defending Trump’s administration every time. Later, she admitted, “it has been a hallmark of the Trump White House never to admit a mistake, never to apologize and never to cede a point.”
Sean Spicer officially resigned in 2017, and Sarah Sanders took his place as the new White House Press Secretary. In the following two years, she gave answers to questions from the press on different subjects, including the Red Hen restaurant controversy, Trump’s harassment allegations, and the family separation policy.
In 2019 Sarah Huckabee Sanders left her role as Press Secretary for Trump’s administration. After that, she became a contributor to Fox News.
Thanks to her political strategies, in 2010 Sarah Huckabee Sanders earned a spot on one of Time’s “40 Under 40” in politics.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders founded in Little Rock, Arkansas the company Second Street Strategies, which offered general consulting services for Republican campaigns. Later she became the vice president of Tsamoutales Strategies. At that time, she worked with political figures like Tom Cotton, John Boozman, and Tim Pawlenty.
In 2008, while working o her father’s campaign, Sarah Sanders met her husband, the political consultant Bryan Sanders. They got married two years later, in 2010, and have three children, George, William (Huck), and Scarlett.
Sarah and her husband bought a house in 2019 for $600,000. This is located in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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