Sarah Huckabee Sanders has taken over White House press secretary duties for Sean Spicer, who is reportedly fulfilling Navy duties at the Pentagon.
Sanders, who serves as the deputy press secretary, has now been tasked with fielding questions from reporters at one of the most high-profile points of President Donald Trump‘s administration. Trump shockingly terminated FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into his presidential campaign and possible Russian ties, on May 9.
Sarah’s the daughter of former Arkansas Governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. She’s been married to husband Bryan Sanders, who’s a political consultant that’s worked on many political campaigns.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s Worked as a Campaign Consultant for Republican Presidential Campaigns
Sanders is a Republican campaign consultant with The Wickers Group, a “full-service political consulting firm specializing in strategic communication, surveys, media production” and much more, the company’s website said.
Most recently, Sanders worked on Mike’s failed 2016 bid for president. Before that, he worked as a media consultant for Republican Ted Yoho‘s 2012 campaign for the House seat in Florida’s third congressional district.
Yoho was described by Dave Weigel as a “self-professed Tea Party candidate, ran on goofball charm, corny jokes” and the assistance of Sanders.
Yoho won the 2012 republican nomination against longtime incumbent Cliff Stearns by just 829 votes. He then defeated Jacques Rene Gaillot, Jr. in the general election by a large margin to win the seat.
One of the ads that Sanders produced for Yoho titled “Pigs” received much acclaim from reviewers — and voters.
The comedic ad offered a metaphor for those in office in Washington at the time being “pigs at the trough.”
The Washington Post named it one of the best political ads of the 2012 election cycle.
2. Sanders Worked As a Staffer Before Volunteering For Mike HuckabeeBefore finding his groove as a political consultant, Sanders was a press assistant for former Republican Sen. Sam Brownback.
When Brownback launched his 2008 presidential campaign, Sanders worked as a staffer.
Brownback, the current Kansas governor, withdrew from the presidential race before the primaries and eventually endorsed John McCain.
Once Brownback withdrew, Sanders hopped aboard Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in Iowa.
3. Bryan & Sarah Met During Mike’s 2008 Presidential BidWhen Sanders made the jump to Huckabee’s campaign, he got to meet and work closely with his daughter, Sarah. She was reportedly the one who hired him.
Soon after the two met and the campaign ended, they continued their relationship before eventually getting engaged.
4. The Couple Have 3 Children TogetherA couple years after dating, they got engaged and married shortly after. The couple reportedly got married in St. John on the Virgin Islands on May 25, 2010.
Sarah tweeted on her wedding day: “Big day today! Going to the chapel and going to get married.”
Sanders graduated from Colby College in Maine with a bachelor’s degree in campaign media.
They have three children together who they both frequently post pictures of to their social media accounts. They have two daughters and a son named George.
With Sarah now working in Washington D.C., the family lives nearby the White House in Arlington, Virginia.
5. Sarah Was Named to Time‘s 40 Under 40 ListSarah got her start in politics during her father’s 2002 re-election campaign for governor in Arkansas. After that, she served as a regional liaison for congressional affairs at the Department of Education. She was also a field coordinator for President George W. Bush‘s 2004 re-election bid.
Then, in 2008, Sarah was the national political director for her dad’s 2008 presidential bid. In 2010, she was named to of Time‘s “40 under 40” list.
In an interview with the magazine, she said her biggest influence was her dad. In answering another question, she said that she would be “spending more time with (her) husband and less time on her Blackberry phone” if she wasn’t working in politics.
Sarah was also asked where she saw herself in five years. She answered that she had no idea where she’d be in five years, but “if (she’s) still working in politics, (she) hoped (she) never loses sight of why (she) got involved in them in the first place.”
Six years after the Time piece, she received her big break. She managed her father’s 2016 presidential campaign and signed on as a senior advisor for Trump after her dad bowed out. She was tasked with handling the Trump campaign’s communications for coalitions.
When Trump won, Sarah got a spot within the administration as the Deputy White House Press Secretary. Her first press conference was on May 5, when she filled in for Spicer, who fulfilled his Navy reservist duty at the Pentagon that day, CNN reported.