Former campaign manager and current White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, has full access to the president and advises him on a variety of matters. She was the first woman ever to run a Republican presidential campaign and drew upon her experience as a veteran political operative to make strategic decisions during the campaign. In her current role as a senior advisor, with walk in rights to the Oval Office, she is one of the top female players in the administration.
Conway made comments last week to the press that raised major ethics concerns. She urged consumers to buy products by Ivanka Trump prompting a formal letter written to the Office of Government Ethics. Both top Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight Committee spoke up. Despite the faux paux, Conway remains a very prominent figure in the current administration and does not show signs of leaving. She has hired a chief of staff of her own, indicating that her influence in the White House may be growing.
Republican Renee Hudson has been selected as Conway’s new chief of staff. Hudson has extensive experience working on the Hill, which could make her an asset in an administration with little experience. She will leave her current role as chief of staff to Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) to begin work in the White House this week. Her past roles and experience include serving as chief of staff to two other Representatives; Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.). Hudson’s marriage to the well-liked Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) may give her unique insight, her husband is allegedly close to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Conway has also announced that she has already hired an assistant. It’s possible that her political team may expand further as her role in the White House continues to evolve.