A regular guest on Fox News and radio shows across the country, a writer, and a popular national speaker, Kate Obenshain is known for her passionate and articulate advocacy of conservative causes.
As chairman of the Virginia GOP from 2003 to 2006, Kate garnered national attention when she led the charge against tax increases and the expanding role of government at the state and national levels. During her tenure, she was named as one of the GOP’s rising stars by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kate has also championed her conservative convictions as vice president of Young America’s Foundation, the nation’s premier campus conservative organization and owner of Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo.
She served as Senator George Allen’s chief of staff and as his chief education and health policy advisor when he was Virginia’s governor. Kate has served on Young America’s Foundation’s board of directors, director of program development, and director of lectures, developing the largest conservative lecture program in the nation. She is currently on the board of directors for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.
From 1995 to 2000, Kate served as an appointee of Governors Allen and Gilmore on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, implementing both governors' vision for budgetary reform and programmatic accountability.
A Virginia native, she is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she served as editor of the conservative newspaper, The Virginia Advocate. Kate resides in Winchester, Virginia, where she lives with her four children.
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