Katrina Pierson (age: 44) is a Tea Party activist and communications consultant. She was the national spokesperson for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign and she contributed regularly to CNN during that campaign.
Katrina Pierson Family Details And Early Life
She was born in Kansas, Texas on 20th July 1976 to a white mother and black father. She grew up in poverty with her single mother. She became a single mother herself at the age of 19 and during 1997 she was arrested for shoplifting, when she took merchandise of around $168 from J.C. Penney store in Plano, Texas. The incident changed her life as she went on to receive an Associate science degree from Kilgore College and bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Texas at Dallas in 2006.
Katrina Pierson Career Details
After graduating, she worked in various companies, starting with InVentiv Health in 2008, Baylor Health Care Systems from July 2009 to July 2011 as practice administrator, and as director of corporate affairs for ASG Software Solutions from May 2011 to December 2012.
Katrina Pierson Political Career
Pierson voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election but withdrew her support as she didn’t agree with the policies he implemented as president. Later on, she became an activist in the Tea Party movement in 2009 and focused on developing the Garland Texas Tea Party.
In 2012, Pierson actively supported Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race. When Pierson herself ran for Congress in 2014, Cruz showed his support for her, saying,
Katrina Pierson is an utterly fearless principled conservative.
Katrina Pierson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas’ 32nd District. Pierson was defeated by incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.
In August 2014, Pierson started working as the spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, a PAC that Pierson called anti-establishment.
She had earlier given an interview explaining her role in the tea party movement:
I am a trainer, an advisor, a consultant and a leader. My goal is to make myself available to any grass roots conservative group in any way that they might need me, whether that is to train them to do what I have done on the local level, or just to give a speech on my own personal life coming from the redistribution of wealth (background) and literally clawing my way out from that system that’s designed to keep you in it.
In January 2015, Pierson attended a meeting for Tea Party activists in Myrtle Beach with Ted Cruz. where she met up with Donald Trump. After meeting with Trump or his aides a few more times, Pierson introduced Trump at a campaign rally held in Dallas in September.
In November 2015 she was hired as the national spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, and appeared frequently on television as one of Trump’s staunchest defenders amidst controversial comments.
Post 2016 Elections
After the 2016 election, Pierson turned down an administrative position as Deputy Press Secretary, and instead started working at America First Policies, a pro-Trump 501(c) group. She was hired afterwards as a senior adviser for the Trump 2020 campaign in March 2018.
Katrina Pierson Marriage Details
Pierson was married for 3 months when she was 19 and conceived a child out of that marriage. The name of her husband has not been disclosed till date. She lives with her son, Christopher Pierson at her residence in Garland, Texas.
Katrina Pierson Net Worth
According to her wiki, Katrina Pierson has net worth of $1,000,000 till date. Her salary is unknown at this point.
Katrina Pierson Social Media Status
Katrina Pierson is active in social media. She uses Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She has over 408K followers on her Twitter account and around 57.7K followers on her Instagram account. She has over 82.9K likes on her Facebook account.
Controversies About Katrina Pierson
Pierson gave a bizarre interview to CNN in 2016 in which she claimed that Barack Obama was responsible for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, an American soldier who was killed in Iraq five years before he became commander in chief.
Pierson not only missed the fact that Obama did not assume control of the military until 2009, but was also confused about a frequent right-wing talking point about how the lives of American soldiers were supposedly put at risk by a change in the U.S. military’s rules of engagement, which minimized the use of airstrikes to cut down on the killing of civilians. That change, which was introduced by the Obama administration, was part of a revised strategy for fighting the Taliban — in Afghanistan, not Iraq.
Her grasp of recent American history was widely mocked on social networks, under the trending #KatrinaPiersonHistory