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Sean Michael Spicer was born on 23 September 1971, in North Hempstead, New York State USA, and is a political aide, best known for serving as the White House Press Secretary and acting White House Communications Director in 2017. He was previously the communications director of the Republican National Committee as well as its chief strategist. He’s been active in politics since the late 1990s, but really came to notice recently, including for his controversial or false statements while serving as the White House Press Secretary.
A Net Worth Built in Politics and Investments
How rich is Sean Spicer? As of early-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $6 million, mostly earned through success in politics, plus other investment endeavors. According to reports, he earned an annual salary of $176,461 while working as the White House press secretary. He also has holdings in several major companies, including a $100,000 stake in McDonalds and a $50,000 in Coca-Cola, Verizon, and AT&T. He also owns real estate, including two residential properties in Rhode Island, a commercial property in Newport, and two other commercial properties in Madison, Alabama. He also has four investment rental properties in Alexandria, Virginia which has helped in elevating his net worth.
Before, During, and After the White House
Sean attended the Rhode Island boarding school named Portsmouth Abbey School, and during his time there volunteered for various local political campaigns. He matriculated in 1989, and then attended Connecticut College to study for a degree in government. He became a student senator while in the university, and would complete his degree in 1993. Later on, he would study further, for a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College.
After completing his studies, he went on to serve as a part of several political campaigns, including for Mike Pappas, Clay Shaw, Mark Foley and Frank LoBiondo. He then joined the United States Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer, and would eventually rise through the ranks to become a commander. In 2000, he became the communications director for the House Government Reform Committee, and then the director of incumbent retention on the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). After his run there, in 2003 he became the spokesman and communications director for the House Budget Committee, serving in that capacity for the next two years, and then became an assistant for media and public affairs at the Office of the US Trade Representative during the administration of President George W. Bush. His net worth would increase steadily thanks to these numerous endeavors.
In 2009, Spicer became a partner in the public relations firm Endeavor Global Strategies, which he co-founded to represent foreign governments and corporations in the US. Some of his clients included the government of Colombia, but he would then leave the firm two years later, when he was appointed the communications director for the Republican National Committee, which he helped by building an in-house television production team, before he became the chief strategist of the RNC in 2015; interestingly, he was very critical of then presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments against Mexicans and Senator John McCain.
Despite this, Sean was named as the White House press secretary by Trump after his election, and would later take the role of communications director after the unexpected resignation of Jason Miller. In 2017, he drew a lot of negative responses after declaring that President Trump’s inaugural ceremony drew the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, a statement which was later debunked by numerous sources, supported by numerous photographs of previous ceremonies, but he would later defend his claim in his first official press conference, when he said that the crowd he was talking about was the huge draw from social media online. Trump was subsequently reported to have been disappointed in Spicer’s performance during his first two weeks, and when he made another false statement, that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons, when it was proven that hydrogen cyanide was used in the gas chambers. The remarks were widely criticized, especially since they coincided with the celebration of the Jewish Passover.
The great @seanspicer on @foxandfriends this am revealing the cover of his upcoming book, ‘The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President!’ Pre-order info at https://t.co/Ea0EhuOtQv #betterwithfriends @SteveDoocy @ainsleyearhardt @PeteHegseth pic.twitter.com/AyIZC1YuLg
— Regnery Publishing (@Regnery) April 25, 2018
Sean then prompted a move to block several news outlets, resulting in a very contentious relationship with the White House Press Corps. He eventually announced his resignation, but continued to serve in an unknown capacity until August 2017. After completing his tenure, he then went low-profile for several months, before making a cameo appearance at the Emmy Awards and then on “The Sean Hannity Show” mentioned that he is working on a book about his tenure with the Trump administration.
The Wife of Sean Spicer
Sean married television producer Rebecca Miller in 2004 at the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. They have two children, and the family resides in Alexandria, Virginia. His wife now serves as the senior vice president, communications and public affairs, for the National Beer Wholesalers Association.