Madeleine Westerhout, 28, is among the longest-tenured members of President Trump’s White House staff, a group typically noted for its high turnover rate.
In 2017, the Trump administration tapped the then-26-year-old to serve as a special assistant and executive assistant to the president, a role in which she earned $95,000 a year. In February of 2019, she was promoted to director of Oval Office operations, a position that comes with an annual salary of $145,000, according to White House salary data released July 1.
That’s up from the $130,000 salary she earned last year as Trump’s assistant. It’s also significantly higher than the annual median earnings of $69,000 that almost all millennial households herald, in response to a Pew Research Center analysis.
Anita Decker Breckenridge, who began as former President Barack Obama’s executive assistant during his second term, at age 32, additionally made $95,000 throughout her two years within the White House. In the meantime, Obama’s first executive assistant, Katie Johnson, who began in 2009, made $90,000 throughout her second year in the role.
Initially, from California, Westerhout first caught media consideration in 2016 when she was photographed escorting high-profile people by way of the hallways of Trump Tower. At the time, she was an assistant to Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh.
She graduated from – the College of Charleston in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Under her college’s website, the young politico took the fall semester off in her senior year to intern for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. After commencement, she moved to Washington, D.C., to intern for former California Republican Rep. John Campbell, earlier than taking over a staff role with the Republican National Committee.