Morgan Ortagus recently reached a position many aspire to all through their career as a government official. She was recently appointed by President Donald Trump as the Spokesperson for the United States Department of State. The position is one of the many positions in the United States government that carries a lot of prestige.
The appointment, which began on the 4th of April 2019, is the culmination of a career that has seen her work in the United States Treasury Department and USAID. As a spokesperson, her media experience comes from working as a national security contributor for one of America’s leading news networks, Fox News. There is a lot to learn about the life and career of the woman regarded as one of the newest additions to the Trump Administration.
The Education and Family Background of Morgan Ortagus
Morgan Ortagus was born Morgan Deann Ortagus on the 10th of July 1982 in Auburndale, Florida. She is the only child born to her parents who have been identified as Ronald E. Ortagus and Denise C. Ortagus. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs as her father was the owner of a clean-up and restoration company, while her mother worked as an office manager.
There is no information regarding her high school years, but as a pretty teenager, Morgan Ortagus competed in several beauty pageants like Miss Florida Citrus Pageant, Miss Orange Blossom, Miss Auburndale, and Miss Teen Auburndale. Her biggest win during her beauty pageant career was in the Miss Florida Citrus pageant in 2002 at the age of 20.
Following the completion of high school, Morgan Ortagus proceeded to college at Florida Southern College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2005. Not one to be satisfied with a single degree, she earned two Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University; the degrees were in Business Administration and Government.
Her Career Journey and Important Positions She Has Held
Morgan Ortagus’ career began in 2006 when she became the press secretary for the campaign of K.T McFarland’s Senate campaign. Although she had previously worked on another campaign, it was her first major role in a notable position. She joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2007 and worked there till 2008 as a public affairs officer. During a year service in the role, she spent a lot of time in Baghdad, Iraq.
After USAID, Morgan joined the U.S Treasury Department, working as an Intelligence analyst. Her work as an intelligence analyst focused on North Africa and Middle East regions. After two years in the role, she was deployed as a Deputy Treasury Attaché to the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
From Saudi Arabia, Morgan returned to the United States at the end of her service and decided to leave public service to join the private sector. As a result, she started working for Standard Chartered Bank as the global relationship manager. She then joined Ernst & Young in 2016 and helped establish the company’s Geostrategic Business Group.
Before she was appointed to the position of Spokesperson for the U.S State Department, she also worked as a national security contributor for Fox News and was a member of the United States Navy, serving as a U.S Navy Reserve. She also co-founded a geopolitical and policy advisory firm called GO Advisors. That’s not all, Morgan Ortagus is also a member of the New American Security Council and Future of Sanctions Task Force.
She Hasn’t Always Been A Fan of Trump
Before her appointment in 2019, she was a known critic of President Donald Trump, especially in 2016 when she described him as disgusting. Then, she expressed that Trump isn’t someone to take seriously for reasons that include what she termed his “isolationist foreign policy approach.” Specifying that Trump wants to stop America from policing the world, Morgan Ortagus opined that it is not a good move.
For her, America must continue to hold the world together. She also condemned Trump for making fun of people who are physically and mentally challenged, upholding that it is disgusting and that she does not want someone with the temperament of a child to rule the nation. This happened during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. However, when Trump secured the party’s nomination, she became his supporter like the majority of other Republicans who were initially opposed to the man being the party’s flag bearer of the party for the 2016 United States Presidential Election.
As one would expect, her criticism of Trump came up when she was named the State Department Spokesperson. While she was called out for this, it is imperative to note that she has always prioritized serving her country, and the services she’s rendering revolves around the people of America and not Donald Trump.
Facts To Know About Morgan Ortagus’ Family Life
Morgan Ortagus has so far been married twice. Her first marriage was to Joshua Dobbs, a United States Marine officer whom she met while she was in Polk County, Florida. Very little is known about the relationship; hardly can anyone tell when they got married just as what led to their divorce is largely unknown. However, we do know that the marriage ended, and the couple had no children together.
Morgan Ortagus was single for a while before she met Jonathan Ross Weinberger. Not many people can say their marriage was conducted by one of the most celebrated judges in American history, but Morgan and Jonathan had the pleasure on the 11th of May 2013 when their marriage in a courthouse was conducted by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Supreme Court judge. After the court proceedings were completed, the couple held a ceremony in Jewish tradition in celebration of their marriage. The couple so far does not have any children.
Her husband Jonathan Weinberger has had his stint, working for the US Government. He has served as a White House associate general and executive secretary on Trade. He has also worked as the secretary at the U.S Treasury Department. Currently, he serves as the Executive Vice President of the software company, Veedims LLC.