In American news, political analyst and experts on subjects are one of the main features of the news. They are referred to by journalists to relay their expert opinions of the news subject and a lot of experts across politics, law, and science have made appearances on news programs a decent side gig for themselves. One of such people is Victoria Toensing, a lawyer who has shared her expert opinion on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC among others.
Officially, Toesing is what can be summarily described as a legal commentator who has risen to prominence in recent years due to her staunch support for President Donald Trump and the Republican party in general during her appearances on various news shows. Here is a quick look at her career and how she became a popular commentator.
Who is Victoria Toesing?
Victoria Toesing’s rising profile across major television networks in America has prompted a curious look into her life. A dive into her background shows that she was born as Victoria Ann Long on the 16th of October, 1941 to Victoria Brady and Phillip William Long in Colon, Panama.
Following the completion of her high school education, Toensing proceeded to Indiana University where she studied education and graduated in 1962. After graduation, she worked as a high school English teacher for a short while before deciding to pursue a career in law. She enrolled at the University of Detroit School of Law where she graduated with a J.D in 1975.
Just like the speed at which she has cultivated her reputation across television, Victoria Toensing’s law career experienced rapid growth as she became the chief counsel to Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Senator in 1981 who was instrumental in crafting the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
Toensing later went on to establish a law firm with her husband Joseph diGenova in 1996 called – diGenova & Toensing. It was a monumental step in her law career since she decided to take the leap after college graduation. Before that, however, she had worked for a year as a Law Clerk in the US Court of Appeals before she became an Assistant US Attorney in 1976 and served in the position till 1981.
She got her first taste of private practice as a lawyer in 1988 when she joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Two years later, she left the firm for Cooter and Gell Partner where she spent a year before joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in 1991, working as a partner for about five years before she decided to set up her own shop.
Victoria Toensing’s career as a legal commentator began in 1997 where she worked for a year as a legal expert on MSNBC. Over time, she has appeared as a legal commentator for CNN and Fox News, where she has appeared on shows like Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Hannity. Her other appearances as a guest on television include Special Report with Bret Baier, To the Contrary where she appeared as a panelist, Fox News Sunday, America’s Newsroom, Erin Burnett OutFront and a couple more others.
Family – Husband and Children
As mentioned earlier, Victoria Toensing has been rising to the top in collaboration with her husband, Joseph diGenova ever since they got married in 1981. The couple has no children of their own together, however, diGenova has helped in raising Victoria’s children from her previous marriage to Trent Toesing which ended in 1976. Her marriage with Trent produced three children, one of whom is Amy Toensing.
Other Facts to Know About Victoria Toensing
1. Her daughter, Amy Toesing is a notable photojournalist who has worked for the National Geographic and has had her work appear in publications like The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. Joseph diGenova has been a step-father to her and her siblings.
2. She is a smoker
3. When she was in college, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
4. As a legal expert, she has been a prominent voice when it comes to various national issues like the Plame Affair and the Lewinsky Scandal. She is also an outspoken critic of the Robert Mueller investigation into the Trump Campaign.
5. Victoria Toensing has represented important personalities and worked for important groups like the George W. Bush Presidential Campaign and John McCain’s Senatorial Campaign. She has also worked for Mark Corallo and she and her husband were briefly considered for legal matters by President Donald Trump.