Bryan Chatfield Sanders is an American media and political consultant, best known for his association with the Republican Party. He is currently serving as the political advisor of the party and has also worked as the party’s promotional campaign manager in the past. Titled as a ‘Rising Star’ in the political arena, Bryan has been playing a key role in the 'Republican Party' for many years now. He began his political career as the assistant and political counselor to former Kansas senator Sam Brownback, and later played a crucial role in the 2008 presidential campaign for Mike Huckabee, now his father-in-law. Bryan is married to the 'White House Press Secretary,' Sarah Huckabee. The couple is blessed with three adorable children.
Childhood & Education
Bryan was born in Kansas. He grew up in Johnson County city, Mission Woods. In 2002, he graduated from 'Shawnee Mission East High School' located in Prairie Village, Kansas. Bryan holds a degree in campaign media from 'Colby College' in Waterville, Maine.
Soon after he graduated from the college in 2006, Bryan commenced his career in politics.
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Bryan began working as a staff in the office of the 46th Governor of Kansas, Samuel Dale Brownback. Bryan was later promoted as Samuel’s press assistant. He was appointed as the campaign manager of Samuel’s presidential candidature for 2008. Samuel withdrew his candidature after some time, and then Bryan joined the presidential campaign of Mike Huckabee. The major part of the campaign took place in Iowa.
In 2009, Bryan was hired by the political media firm 'The Wickers Group.' Later that year, Bryan’s smart management and strategies for Robert J. Bentley’s 2010 Alabama gubernatorial election campaign resulted in a victory. With this, Bryan became a key person for the Republican Party campaigns.
In 2012, Bryan managed the primary campaign for Ted Yoho who was then contesting in Florida's 3rd Congressional District. Bryan created and produced an advertisement titled as 'Pigs,' exclusively for the campaign. The advertisement was highly appreciated by political experts. The huge success of the advertisement got him more fame. The 'Washington Post' declared the advertisement as 'one of the best political ads' of that year. One of the premier political journals, 'Campaigns and Elections Magazine,' titled Bryan as the 'Rising Star of American Politics.’ This coveted title is presented only to 15 'Republicans' and 15 'Democrats' every year.
Bryan has served as the political advisor and campaign manager for several other politicians, including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (Texas), Congressman French Hill (Arkansas), Attorney General Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma), Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona), and State Treasurer Lynn Fitch (Mississippi).
In 2016, Bryan and his wife became the founding members of their own consulting firm, 'Second Street Strategies.' This firm specializes in structuring strategies, research, polling, message development, advertising campaign management, and placement for candidates. The firm also provides independent expenditure committees and businesses to its political and non-political clientele. The following year, the firm lapped-up 'IMGE,' a Washington, D.C. based digital marketing agency. Bryan was the head for all the research, polling, and strategy projects for the agency.
Marriage & Personal Life
Bryan is married to the present 'White House' press secretary, Sarah Huckabee.
Bryan met Sarah during the presidential campaign of her father, Mike Huckabee. For the campaign, they both had to interact several times. Their frequent professional interactions eventually turned personal and they began dating.
After the campaign got over, the couple decided to get engaged. They finally exchanged rings in August 2009 at Bryan’s family farmhouse situated in Kansas. A year later on May 25, Bryan and Sarah took wedding vows in St. John of Virgin Islands.
Bryan has always been a supportive husband and Sarah’s political guide too. Sarah’s decision to join the 'Trump campaign' was solidly backed-up by Bryan. Despite having the difference of opinions regarding Trump’s candidature, Bryan still supported his wife’s decision. According to him, that was the best chance for Sarah to beat Hillary Clinton. While Sarah saw many positive points in Trump’s candidature, Bryan, on the other hand, was not so happy with that. For him, Trump's past and his character imperfections did not qualify him as a worthy leader.
Bryan once accompanied Sarah to the 'White House Correspondents’ Dinner,' which was also the first 'State Dinner' of the Trump administration, but kept his presence quite low profile.
Bryan and Sarah have two sons and a daughter. They welcomed their first bundle of joy, their daughter, Scarlett, on May 10, 2012. Their elder son, William, was born on October 16, 2013. He is nicknamed as 'Huck.' Their second son, George, was born on June 8, 2015.