Stephanie Grisham

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Stephanie Grisham
Press Secretary for the First Lady
Assumed office
March 27, 2017
President Donald Trump
Leader Melania Trump
Preceded by Joanna Rosholm
Personal details
Nationality  United States
Political party Republican

Stephanie Grisham is the Press Secretary and Communications Director[1][2][3] for the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.[4] She was a member of Donald Trump's presidential transition team.[5]


Grisham was the proprietor of Sound Bite Public Relations, LLC of Gilbert, Arizona.[6]

In 2007, Grisham was the spokeswoman for AAA Arizona,[7] later, the spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne,[8] then spokesperson for Arizona House of Representatives Republican caucus, then Arizona House Speaker David Gowan.[3]

In 2012, Grisham worked for Mitt Romney's campaign.[9]

In 2014, Grisham, then a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general's office, witnessed the Execution of Joseph Wood.[10][11]

In 2015, Grisham, as an independent contractor, coordinated press for the pope's visit to Philadelphia.[12]

In 2017, Grisham was Deputy Press Secretary for Sean Spicer.[9]

"Grisham was one of Trump's early Arizona staffers. She helped arrange his campaign stops in Phoenix and around the state and region throughout the primary, a role that quickly expanded to include his rallies around the U.S. After his victory, Grisham was named a special adviser for operations and has been serving on Trump's transition team." 2017/01/19[13][14][15][16]

A former White House colleague of Donald Trump's stated that Trump was remorseful at losing Grisham to Melania Trump's office, due to Grisham's prior loyalty and skill at handling the press while acting as his traveling press secretary. During that time, she built relationships with many reporters at events. Despite losing Grisham as part of his own staff, Trump said he was satisfied that his wife would "be in good hands". Grisham was described by several sources that had worked with her previously as being "highly competent" and "self-aware", and believed she enjoyed "trolling the press" via speculative statements that were released.[17]

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, Grisham first took a long-term, unpaid leave from the Arizona House of Representatives to work on Trump’s campaign, but lame-duck Arizona House Speaker David Gowan[18] put her back on the public payroll for his remaining eight weeks in office, Gresham was paid $19,000 in state salary over an 8-week period while she was serving as a member of the Trump transition team.[4][19]

The United States Office of Special Counsel stated that Grisham violated the Hatch Act of 1939 following a complaint by Senator Tom Carper. Grisham was accused of using her official Twitter account in a partisan manner. Violation of the act is not a crime, but a workplace guideline, and the agency responded by sending Grisham a warning letter.[20]

Personal life

Grisham is a single mother of two children. Her older son has graduated. Her younger son is nine.[9][5]


  1. ^ "Stephanie Grisham - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  2. ^ "First Lady Melania Trump Announces Director of Communications". 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ a b CNN, Betsy Klein and Noah Gray (March 27, 2017). "Melania Trump hires communications director". CNN Politics. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Stephenson, Hank. "FLOTUS spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham on state payroll while on Trump's victory tour and transition team". Arizona Capitol Times. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  5. ^ a b Morrow, Brendan (2017-03-27). "Stephanie Grisham: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  6. ^ "Sound Bite Public Relations, LLC". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Ex-Tucsonan named spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ Wingett Sanchez, Yvonne. "This Arizonan is going to the White House to work for Donald Trump". Arizona Central. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b c FOX. "Single mother from the Valley working for the Trump White House". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  10. ^ Matt Pearce, Cindy Carcamo, Maya Srikrishnan. "Arizona killer takes 2 hours to die, fueling lethal-injection debate - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  11. ^ "It's Time to End Our State-Sponsored Barbarism". 24 July 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Arizona House spokeswoman prepping for the pope". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  13. ^ "This Arizonan is going to the White House to work for Donald Trump". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Schedule B for ALL Line #'s". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Schedule B for Line #23". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Schedule B for ALL Line #'s". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  17. ^ Markay, Lachlan (7 August 2018). "The White House Won't Stop Melania From Contradicting Trump". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  18. ^ "RT @OMGrisham: [email protected] Western Regional Forum is kicking off in #PHX now. @AZHouseGOP Speaker @DavidGowan played large role in getting them…". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  19. ^ Press, Associated. "Trump Names House PR Person To Staff, Treasurer As Adviser". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  20. ^ Hutzler, Alexandra (9 October 2018). "Melania Trump's Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham Violated Hatch Act With 'Make America Great Again' Tweet". Newsweek. Retrieved 29 October 2018.

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