August 24, 2018
Meet The New Vice Chairwoman Of America First
There’s a prescient passage in Kimberly Guilfoyle’s 2015 memoir: “Making the decision to end a relationship is never easy, regardless of whether you are the party initiating the split or the one just coming around to accepting it as reality. But you will know it when the time comes.”
In that part of Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate, which offers advice to readers on how to achieve their personal goals at every stage of life, Guilfoyle is referring to the challenges that come with dating and marriage, and the decision to end a romantic relationship.
However, this sentiment could also apply to the relationships forged in the workplace and, more specifically, to Guilfoyle’s decision to move on from her high-profile gig at Fox News Channel last month.
As a co-host of the lively panel ensemble, The Five, the spunky lawyer-turned-media personality truly held court. She combined legal knowledge and a journalist’s way-with-words to dissect the news of the day with a degree of levity and wit often missing from other news programs.
In a tweet on July 24, Guilfoyle announced that she would be leaving Fox for a new adventure: “Today I have a bitter-sweet announcement. I’ve decided to leave Fox News Channel and dedicate myself full time to joining America First as Vice Chairwoman, campaigning across the country and firmly standing with President Trump. I will miss my Fox family. I thank Fox for the opportunities it has provided me. I thank all the talented producers, staff, and above all I thank the best fans out there.”
America First Action is the primary super PAC (political action committee) dedicated to electing federal candidates who support the agenda of the Trump-Pence administration. The PAC has an affiliated nonprofit, America First Policies, a grassroots advocacy group established to promote policies and legislation that will put Americans first. As Vice Chairwoman of America First, Guilfoyle is assisting the board and staff with fundraising, media appearances, and grassroots outreach.
In a field where lots of pro-Trump PACs have sprouted since the President’s election, America First Action has earned its place as the premier one, in large part because it has the blessing of the Trump family.
“Kimberly has been best-in-class at everything she’s done as a professional,” says Tommy Hicks Jr., chairman of the group’s board and a close friend of the Trumps. “She’s become one of the most recognizable personalities on television and has a unique ability to communicate the President’s MAGA agenda to any audience. She will be immensely valuable to our organization as we help the President advance his campaign promises, which have restored hope to tens of millions of American citizens.”
For Guilfoyle, whose career in law and journalism has exposed her to the very best and worst of humanity, the haves and have nots, tragedies and triumphs, and everything in between, becoming an ambassador for the “forgotten man and woman” isn’t much of a stretch for her.
“Kimberly may be best known for her intellect, tell-it-like-it-is persona, and striking beauty, but it’s also her humble roots and her genuine love of people that make her the perfect choice to be the face of the grassroots movement that will reelect Donald J. Trump in 2020,” says Donald Trump Jr., who also happens to be her new beau.
“Those of us who live our lives in the metropolitan enclaves of New York City or Washington, D.C., are too quick to forget that many Americans have limited resources to learn about critical policy debates in Washington, D.C., or to take action to advance those policies,” says Guilfoyle, who splits her time between those two cities. “America First is working tirelessly to bridge that gap. We believe all Americans deserve to be a part of the conversation, and to live in a country where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their own American dream. In other words, they deserve an advocate. And I want them to know they’ve got one—in me and in the entire America First team.”
Her new position gives her the freedom to travel the country at short notice on behalf of America First. She traveled most recently to Wheeling, West Virginia, the 22nd stop on a nationwide tour—“Tax Cuts to Put America First”—hosted by America First Policies to promote the ways the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is positively impacting Americans of all walks of life, in all parts of the country. The event was headlined by Vice President Mike Pence.
In 2001, Guilfoyle married Gavin Newsom, then a San Francisco city supervisor. He was elected mayor in 2003, and Guilfoyle embraced her role as the First Lady of San Francisco. “One of my fondest memories from that exciting time in my life was hosting Prince Charles and Dutchess Camilla for one of their first official visits to the United States,” she says.
It was her bold cross-country move to New York City in 2004 after her divorce from Newsom that led to a brand-new career in television. As a TV host and legal analyst for Court TV, ABC News, and CNN, Guilfoyle covered some of the most famous court cases of our time (O.J. Simpson, JonBenét Ramsey, Natalee Holloway, and Michael Jackson, to name a few).
The love of helping others that Guilfoyle’s mother instilled in her is reflected in Guilfoyle’s many awards, including “Outstanding Woman of the Year” from the City of San Francisco, “USO Entertainer of the Year,” the “Latino Star Award,” New York City’s “Special Civil Rights Award,” and the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s “Strength of Our Society Award” for her contributions to child advocacy.
Guilfoyle also serves on the board of the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation; the Children’s Council of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protective agency ever established; and KultureCity, a foundation founded by families who work for a better future for children with autism.
“My dad taught me to be fearless, to live life with no regrets, and to fully realize the importance of giving back when you have been blessed with so much,” says Guilfoyle.