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Margaret Hoover

CNN Political Commentator

Margaret Hoover is an American political commentator, political strategist, media personality, feminist, gay rights activist, and author. She is the best selling author of the book American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party published by Crown Forum in July 2011.

Hoover was born in Colorado, the daughter of Jean (Williams), a flight attendant, and Andrew Hoover, a mining engineer. She is a great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. President.

Hoover received primary education at Graland Country Day School, an independent co-educational 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.

Hoover worked in the White House for the administration of George W. Bush as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 and was Deputy Finance Director to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid in 2006–2007. She also worked as a staffer 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, The Daily News, The Daily Beast and FoxNews.com.

In October 2011, she debated Howard Dean and Jeff Maddrick in an IQ Squared Debate at New York University 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, 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 and GOProud.

In January 2013, she helped found American Unity Fund, a non-profit organization 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.

Hoover’s work is committed to publicizing her great-grandfather Herbert Hoover’s legacy as a humanitarian and pioneer of the international non-governmental organization, as well as his many other achievements. She appeared in a PBS documentary, “Landslide”, in 2010.

From 2008 to 2012, Hoover was a Fox News contributor where she appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s top rated show The O’Reilly Factor. In the branded segment “Culture Warrior”, she jousted with Bill O’Reilly on a range of topics from entertainment news, to popular culture, to Hollywood and politics. Since 2012, she has been a political contributor for CNN.

She has been a frequent guest on Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO, and has appeared on NBC’s Today, CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, at MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, and C-SPAN Book TV.

Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, CNN.com, and FoxNews.com.

In 2014, she hosted the Toyota Solutions Studio at the Women In The World conference held at Lincoln Center where Hoover interviewed several participants including comedian Sarah Silverman and her sister Rabbi Susan Silverman, the Peruvian poet Senna, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, and United Nations Under-Secretary General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

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