Raj Shah Biography
Raj Shah Bio
|Raj Shah was born in 1985. He is an Indian-American Republican political aide serving as the White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Before joining the Trump administration, Shah was in charge of opposition research at the Republican National Committee.|
|Raj Shah Personal details|
|Raj Shah Age||c. 1985 (age 32–33)|
|Raj Shah Political party||Republican|
|Raj Shah Education||Cornell University (AB)|
|Raj Shah Parents||Cornell University (AB)|
|White House Deputy Press Secretary|
September 12, 2017
|Leader||Sarah Huckabee Sanders|
|Preceded by||Sarah Huckabee Sanders|
Raj Shah Early life and Education
Shah’s parents immigrated to the US from Mumbai. He was born and raised in Connecticut, where his father worked as an engineer and his mother as a dentist.
Shah went to school at Brien McMahon High and was named an Ettinger Scholar in Norwalk, Connecticut. He studied government at Cornell University and received his bachelor’s degree in 2006.
Raj Shah Career
Shah started his career by volunteering in Bridgeport for U.S. Congressman Chris Shays (R-CT) during high school and interned for U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and others in Washington as his interest in politics developed. He found he disagreed with Democrats in his family and those he met during internships, Raj cast his first vote for George W. Bush in 2004, and interned in the White House in 2005. While working as a campaign spokesman for New Mexico Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez in 2010, Shah was arrested for DWI and reckless driving and was immediately terminated from his position.
During the 2012 presidential election cycle, Shah was deputy research director at the Republican National Committee, and he said in that job that he learned what not to do in the 2016 election. He worked with the campaign staff and manager of the Mitt Romney campaign and others to plan how to defeat Hillary Clinton well before she announced her candidacy.
As head of opposition research in the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2016, Shah led a team of experts to carry out research against Hillary Clinton. Shah was behind the anti-Clinton campaign during the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Then-incoming White House Chief of Staff and outgoing head of the RNC Reince Priebus said that Shah would be among the key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect’s agenda and bringing change. Prior to the election, Shah called Trump “deplorable” and remarked that the release of the Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape was “some justice”; he also helped get embarrassing footage of Trump to use in a Jeb Bush commercial for the latter’s campaign.
Shah was one of the early staffers on duty in the White House on Inauguration Day, attending to reporters’ inquiries and beginning establishment of the communications apparatus (emails of ‘OCIO’ distributions of the address and the first White House pool report were early to go out) in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Raj Shah Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications
Shah joined the team as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications for Research in January 2017. Clearly, Shah holds a coveted position in this controversial White House yet he is rarely in the focus.
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah says the White House feels “very confident” that senators will be "comfortable voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh" as a Supreme Court justice after reviewing the supplemental FBI background file pic.twitter.com/hWsPg4SgQ9
— New Day (@NewDay) October 4, 2018