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Margaret Hoover        

Conservative Political Commentator, Political Strategist, Feminist, Gay Rights Activist & Author; Host of PBS's "Firing Line"

Margaret Hoover is a conservative political commentator, political strategist, media personality, author, and the great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. President. Hoover is the author of the book "American Individualism: How A New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party," a work that Crown Forum published in July 2011. Alongside her writing, she hosts PBS's reboot of the longest-running public affairs show in television history, "Firing Line," and serves as a political contributor for CNN.

Hoover's experience in political strategy extends to serving as the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under President George W. Bush and as the deputy finance director for Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential exploratory committee. Her academic background includes graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Spanish literature and a minor in political science. Her commitment to education extends to her position on the board of overseers at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Hoover's advocacy for gay rights is a significant part of her public presence. She testified before the Maryland Senate on behalf of gay marriage in 2011, actively participating in the battle to win gay marriage in New York the following year. She has served on the Advisory Board for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, co-chairs and founded the group Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, and is on the board of GOProud. Her commitments saw her as a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage in Hollingsworth v. Perry. Moreover, Hoover's advocacy work has been recognized with honors, such as the Nancy Nye Priest Award from the Alumni Association of Graland Country Day School and being celebrated at the Algemeiner Summer Benefit.

On a personal note, Hoover is married to fellow CNN contributor John Avlon, and they are parents to two children, Jack and Toula Lou.

Speech Topics

American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party

Herbert Hoover: The Dynamic Legacy of a True Humanitarian


Margaret Hoover and John Avlon on their Post-Partisan Marriage ...
Margaret Hoover, a conservative, and John Avlon, an independent, are television pundits who are married to each other. Quite happily, if a recent visit to their ...
William F. Buckley's 'Firing Line' Returns With Margaret Hoover : NPR
Almost 20 years since Firing Line ceased production, Margaret Hoover is stepping in to become the next host of the conservative talk show on PBS. She talks ...
HBO Real Time Guests: Friday Feb. 28, 2014
Margaret Hoover is a CNN Political Contributor and author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party.
Watch: Conservative Margaret Hoover Explains 'Conservative Case ...
Feb 26, 2013 ... Margaret Hoover, a conservative commentator and author, today spoke to the New York Times to make the “conservative case for the freedom ...
“Jack” joins Hoover lineage - West Branch Times - West Branch ...
Aug 23, 2013 ... John Avlon and Margaret Hoover welcomed a baby boy — “Jack” — at 7:23 p.m. Aug. 14, 2013. “A beautiful brave mother and proud papa are ...

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