Margaret Hoover

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Margaret Hoover
Margaret Hoover.jpg
Hoover on September 1, 2011
BornMargaret Claire Hoover
(1977-12-11) December 11, 1977 (age 36)
Spouse(s)John Avlon (2009–present)
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Margaret Hoover
Margaret Hoover.jpg
Hoover on September 1, 2011
BornMargaret Claire Hoover
(1977-12-11) December 11, 1977 (age 36)
Spouse(s)John Avlon (2009–present)

Margaret Claire Hoover[1] (born December 11, 1977) is a political commentator, political strategist, media personality, gay rights activist, and author. She is the author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party[2] published by Crown Forum in July 2011. Her work is committed to renewing the Republican Party to enable it to connect with a new generation of Americans,[3] even as it remains true to the principles of individual freedom and fiscal conservatism and continues to champion a robust U.S. foreign policy. 

Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote that[4] "Hoover is an engaging personality with timely advice for Republicans. Her book and her message, if seen as a way to expand rather than divide the party, are helpful guides to candidates and political operatives. And frankly, the Republican Party of New York, among the most incompetent and unproductive of the GOP’s state parties, might do well to get her on the ballot somewhere in 2012."

She is a great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Herbert Hoover and her work is committed to publicizing Herbert Hoover's legacy as a humanitarian and pioneer of the international non-governmental organization, as well as his other many achievements. She appeared in a PBS documentary, "Landslide",[5] in 2010.

Professional Overview[edit]

Hoover worked in the White House for the administration of George W. Bush as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.[6]  She worked on President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 and was Deputy Finance Director[7] to Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid in 2006–2007. She also worked as a staffer[8] on Capitol Hill for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and as Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,[9] The Daily News,[10] The Daily Beast[11] and[12] 

In October 2011 she debated Howard Dean and Jeff Maddrick in an IQ Squared Debate at New York University[13] over the sustainability of current entitlement obligations to a new generation of Americans.

She is on the Board of Overseers at Stanford University's Hoover Institution,[14] and on the boards of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Hoover serves on the Advisory Council of The American Foundation for Equal Rights[15] and GOProud.

In January 2013 she helped found American Unity Fund,[16] a non-profit organization to dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for gay and lesbian Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone. American Unity fund works in partnership with other national LGBT organizations to help mobilize Republican support for marriage and non-discrimination, and other LGBT issues at the state and federal level.

She also is Treasurer of American Unity PAC[17] a super pac dedicated to electing Republicans to federal office with strong records on LGBT rights.


On television Hoover comments on a range of issues from American politics to pop-culture. A Fox News Contributor, she was replaced as a "Culture Warrior" commentator on The O'Reilly Factor in 2012 with Judge Jeanine Pirro.[citation needed] Hoover left Fox News after her contract ended in 2011 and was unable to successfully negotiate a new one.[18] She is now contracted with CNN as an on-air political contributor.[19]


Hoover received primary education at Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado. She earned a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a minor in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 2001. She also attended Davidson College for two years, where she was a member of Warner Hall.

Personal life[edit]

Hoover was born in Colorado and is married to fellow CNN contributor[20] John Avlon,[1] a former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter and senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.[21]

Advocate For Gay Rights[edit]

She is an advocate for gay rights, including gay marriage, arguing that individual freedom and marriage are conservative values.[22] She testified before the Maryland State Senate on behalf of gay marriage in January 2011, took an active role in the 2012 battle to win gay marriage in New York state,[23] and has lobbied New Hampshire legislators[24] encouraging them not to repeal freedom to marry. She has been profiled in The Advocate as "exactly the brand of straight ally we need right now".[25] She is on the Advisory Board of The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the non-profit organization funding the Prop 8 Trial (Perry v. Schwarzenegger), and served on the Advisory Council of GOProud a group that advocates within the conservative movement for gay conservatives and their allies.

In 2013, Hoover was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[26]



  1. ^ a b "Margaret Hoover, John Avlon". The New York Times. 2009-11-08. 
  2. ^ Hoover, Margaret (2011). American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party. Crown Forum. 
  3. ^ Hoover, Margaret. "How the GOP Can Win Young Voters". Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Jennifer. "Interview Margaret Hoover The GOPS And The Millennials". Washington Post. 
  5. ^ "Herbert Hoover: Landslide". PBS Presents. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Twocents, Polly. "Author Margaret Hoover Sure to Ruffle Feathers at Barnes and Noble Tonight". The Iowa Republican. 
  7. ^ Smith, Chris. "Giuliani Loses a Second Bushie". 
  8. ^ "Legistorm". Legistorm. 
  9. ^ Margaret, Hoover. "How the GOP Can Win Young Voters". The Wall Street Journal. 
  10. ^ Hoover, Margaret. "The conservative case for gay marriage: GOP is not the party of intolerance". Daily News. 
  11. ^ Hoover, Margaret. "The Return of Big Government". The Daily Beast. 
  12. ^ Hoover, Margaret. "Fox News/Margaret Hoover: My Fellow Conservatives, Think Carefully About Your Opposition to Gay Marriage". American Foundation for Equal Rights. 
  13. ^ Intelligence Squared. "GRANDMA’S BENEFITS IMPERIL JUNIOR’S FUTURE". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Hoover Institution. "Board of Overseers". 
  15. ^ American Foundation for Equal Rights. "Advisory Council Board". American Foundation for Equal Rights. 
  16. ^ "A Note from Jeff & Margaret". 
  17. ^ "About Us - American Unity PAC". 
  18. ^ "Johnny Dollars Place". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Weprin, Alex (May 9, 2012). "Margaret Hoover Joins CNN as Political Contributor". TV Newser. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ "John Avlon". The Moderate Voice. 
  21. ^ "John Avlon". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  22. ^ Margaret, Hoover. "The conservative case for gay marriage: GOP is not the party of intolerance". The Daily News. 
  23. ^ Bolcer, Julie. "New York Senate Republicans Thanked for Marriage With $1.2 Million". 
  24. ^ Press Release Archive. "FOX News Commentator Margaret Hoover, following NHRFE PAC Legislative Breakfast". New Hampshire Insider. 
  25. ^ Advocate Contributors. "A New Conservative Agenda". The Advocate. 
  26. ^ "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 

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