Meet Lara Trump, Donald Trump's daughter-in-law whom he handpicked to lead the RNC

Lara Trump speaks at CPAC in 2023
Lara Trump speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in 2023.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
  • Lara Trump, a former TV-news producer married to Eric Trump, is the new cochair of the RNC.

  • She's been heavily involved in Donald Trump's presidential campaigns.

  • She supports a dog-rescue charity, hosts a podcast, and is a regular on Fox News.

Lara Trump, who is married to Donald Trump's son, Eric, has been a loyal supporter of her father-in-law's political career since his first campaign in 2016.

Leveraging her background in TV news, she has produced promotional videos, represented the campaign at events, and become a regular guest on Fox News.

Now, with Donald Trump's support, Lara Trump is gaining even more power in the GOP as the new cochair of the Republican National Committee.

She runs the RNC alongside Michael Whatley, a close Trump ally who served as North Carolina's GOP chair. The move puts Trump loyalists in control of the GOP's platform and funds.

Here's a look at Lara Trump's background, relationship with the Trump family, and rise to power.

She grew up in North Carolina.

Eric Trump and Lara Trump applaud in front of American flags
Eric and Lara Trump.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2005 with a degree in communications.

After college, she went to culinary school and spent time as a personal trainer.

Lara Trump competes in a triathlon in 2018.
Lara Trump competes in a triathlon in 2018.Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Trump earned a degree in pastry arts from the French Culinary Institute, her bio on the nonprofit Concordia's official website says.

A formal personal trainer, Trump said in an interview with The Trump Organization's official website that she competes in triathlons "on a regular basis."

"Fitness has always been an important part of my life, be it competing in triathlons and marathons or using it to cope with stress," she said.

She met Eric Trump in 2008, and they wed in 2014.

Eric and Lara Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2008
Eric and Lara Trump in 2008.Davidoff Studios/Getty Images

Lara Trump told "Fox & Friends" that she was "immediately intrigued" when she first met Eric Trump while out with friends in New York City.

He proposed after five years of dating, and they wed at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

Their dog, a beagle named Charlie, was the ring bearer at their wedding, and Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, officiated the ceremony.

The couple lives in a $3.2 million estate in Jupiter, Florida.

She's a former TV-news producer.

Lara Trump speaks at the 2020 RNC
Lara Trump pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention in 2020.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Lara Trump worked as an associate producer at Inside Edition until 2016, when she left to campaign for Donald Trump, Star News Online reported.

She has two children with Eric Trump.

Lara Trump with her son Luke and daughter Carolina in 2022.
Eric and Lara Trump with their son, Luke, and daughter, Carolina, in 2022.James Devaney/GC Images

Their son, Eric "Luke" Trump, was born in 2017. Their daughter, Carolina Dorothy Trump, followed in 2019.

During Donald Trump's presidency, she worked as a campaign consultant and hosted a 'Real News' show on Facebook.

Eric and Lara Trump.
Eric and Lara Trump speak at a rally for Donald Trump.Loren Elliott / Getty

In 2017, Lara Trump began hosting a weekly "Real News" show streamed through Donald Trump's official Facebook page highlighting accomplishments and activities from the president's week.

The show garnered criticism for exaggerated descriptions of even mundane presidential activities as "historic" and false claims about policies such as Republican tax-cut proposals, Salon reported. The Hollywood Reporter compared the show to "state-run" media.

Lara Trump responded to critics in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying, "It's not propaganda because it's true."

Trump is passionate about dog-rescue charities and owns two beagles.

Lara Trump holds a beagle
Lara Trump attends a benefit for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC in 2018.Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Lara Trump and Eric Trump adopted their first dog, Charlie, after two years of dating. They added a second beagle, Ben, to their family in 2016.

Trump also serves on the board of directors of The Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the charity's official website says. Her involvement raised questions in 2021 when HuffPost reported that the organization had spent nearly $1.9 million holding events at Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Golf Club since 2014.

In a statement to the publication, The Big Dog Ranch Rescue's president, Lauree Simmons, said that events at the Trump properties have netted over $12 million for the organization.

"The sole objective of our fundraisers is to raise as much money as possible to save as many lives as possible," the charity's spokesperson, Chase Scott, told the outlet. "Politics play zero role within our organization and to infer they do does a disservice to the many who work and volunteer with a passion to heal and home our beloved dogs."

She worked as a contributor for Fox News until leaving in 2022 due to her involvement in Donald Trump's reelection campaign.

Lara Trump points to Donald Trump at an event for the North Carolina Republican Party
Laura Trump speaks at an event with Donald Trump in 2021.Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

Fox News ended Lara Trump's employment in 2022 due to the network's policy of not employing those working on active political campaigns, but she still makes unpaid appearances on network shows. Eric Trump is also a regular guest on Fox News programs.

She hosts a podcast called 'The Right View.'

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Lara Trump speaks at CPAC.Getty

On "The Right View," which premiered in July, Trump answers questions from listeners and discusses current events with Trump-world personalities such as My Pillow's CEO, Mike Lindell, and Chaya Raichik, the founder of Libs of TikTok.

In February, she was elected cochair of the Republican National Committee.

Lara Trump speaks at an RNC meeting in 2024
Lara Trump speaks at the Republican National Committee spring meeting in 2024.CECILE CLOCHERET/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump endorsed his daughter-in-law as she ran for the RNC leadership role, calling her "an extremely talented communicator" who is "dedicated to all that MAGA stands for." He also threw his support behind Michael Whatley, a close ally who served as North Carolina's GOP chair.

Both handpicked candidates were elected cochairs of the RNC, putting Trump loyalists in control of the GOP's platform and funds.

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