Morgan Ortagus recently grabbed widespread public attention following her episode on Fox’s The Five program where she impressively tackled the issue of the proposed Trump impeachment. However, the American counterterrorism expert and television personality has been a public figure for many years now. In addition to The Five, Morgan is also popular for her appearances on other numerous Fox programs including Mornings with Maria Bartiromo, Outnumbered, Fox & Friends, and so on.
Ortagus is also famous as a US government official, currently serving as Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, a position she assumed on April 4, 2019. You may have known Morgan for all of the above reasons, but there are tons of other interesting things you probably do not know about her.
Growing Up, Morgan Ortagus Developed Interest In Pageantry
She was born as Morgan Deann Ortagus on July 10, 1982, in Auburndale, Florida, the United States. Her parents were Denise C. and Ronald E. Ortagus. While her father ran a clean-up and restoration company, her mother worked as an office manager.
Ortagus studied at Florida Southern College, graduating in 2005 with a B.Sc. in Political Science. She later furthered her education at the John Hopkins University, earning an M.A in Government in 2009. She subsequently earned an M.B.A in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2013.
As a young girl growing up, Morgan has had an interest in pageantry. Hence, she later participated in a number of beauty pageants including the Miss Florida Citrus which she won in 2002 at the age of 20. She did not stick to that
Morgan Has Enjoyed A Successful Career In Both Private And Public Sectors
Prior to completing her first degree, US Republican Representative, Adam Putman hired Morgan Ortagus as one of the members of his campaign team for the 2004 congress elections. In 2006, Morgan became the K. T. McFarland’s Senate campaign team Press Secretary. In 2007, USAID employed Ortagus as a Public Affairs Officer. She served in the position until 2008 when she became an Intelligence Analyst at the US Department of the Treasury, working at the Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Morgan Ortagus later became the Deputy Treasury Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2010. Her duty in the position was mainly to prevent illegal financial flows.
On returning to the United States, Morgan Ortagus ventured into the private sector, taking up a position as a Global Relationship Manager with Standard Chartered Bank. In 2016, she joined the professional service firm, Ernst & Young as an Executive Director, and helped in establishing the firm’s Geostrategic Business Group. The same year, she volunteered on Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Around the same period, she started working as a guest national security analyst and Republican strategist on Fox News and Fox Business.
Ortagus remained in the private sector until 2019 when she succeeded Heather Nauert as the Spokesperson for the U.S Department of State. In addition to the public position, she continues to work as a national co-chair of Maverick PAC as well as Ernst & Young Geostrategic Business Group Senior Advisor.
She Has Held A Good Number Of Positions For The Government
Public affairs officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
This was the first position she held as a government official from 2007 to 2008 under the government of President George W. Bush. While she worked with USAID, she spent some time in Baghdad, Iraq.
Intelligence analyst at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis
She held this position from 2008 to 2011 and had the responsibility of publicly designating individual terrorists on the UN 1267 list.
A spokesperson for the United States Department of State- 2019
Her appointment by the Trump administration came rather surprising even though the Navy reserve officer has all the experience, as she was a strong Trump critic prior. She slammed Trump for a number of things in the past including his “isolationist foreign policy approach” as well as for mocking a physically challenged during his campaign. She turned down previous opportunities to join the government. Hence, it is easy to say she took her leave from the public sector because she did not believe in the policies of the Trump administration.
She Has Many Other Endeavors Outside Government
Ortagus is as complete as an individual can get. She has ticked all the boxes in her professional and personal life, without leaving humanitarianism out of it. After a tragic event that saw her pageant mentor killed by a drunk driver, Morgan Ortagus was inspired to join the humanitarian movement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
In addition to that, Morgan founded Global Opportunity (GO) Advisors alongside American Foreign Policy and National Security Analyst, Samantha Vinograd.
She became an Active Reservist in the United States Navy in 2014.
Morgan Ortagus Is In Her Second Marriage With Husband, Jonathan Weinberger
For someone who has a professional life that is both busy and well functioning, Morgan has still managed to maintain a well-balanced home life with her husband, Jonathan Weinberger. While there is no much information on how they met, it is revealed that they met at Morgan’s hometown of Polk County, Florida.
The Couple got married on May 11th, 2013. The marriage solemnization took place at the Washington D.C Supreme Court, precisely in the Chambers of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who officiated it. As both Morgan and her husband are Jewish, they had a Jewish marriage on the eve of their court marriage. For the big event, Ortagus wore a red wedding gown that stirred a buzz on the internet.
Three years prior to their wedding, Morgan, and Jonathan got engaged after the latter popped the big question in the rose garden at the White House, Washington D.C.
Jonathan Ross Weinberger was born in 1977 to a therapist mother, Judith L Weinberger, and a father, Jerry J. Weinberger, is a partner in the law firm Nogi, Appleton, Weinberger & Wren. He got his education from the American University, Washington, D.C. from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. He later proceeded to Georgetown University where he earned a Master of Laws in International Finance.
Weinberger is currently the senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He previously served as White House Associate General Counsel and Executive Secretary on Trade (2008-2012) and as U.S. Treasury Department Executive Secretary (2000-2003).
Meanwhile, Morgan Ortagus was previously married to US Marine Officer, Joshua Dobbs but the pair got divorced after a few years for undisclosed reasons. For now, her marriage is still yet to produce any child, although she is now pregnant.
While she has a rather busy life as a result of all she is involved in, Ortagus has still been able to maintain a balanced homefront as she’s always had the support of her husband which makes it all much easier to deal with.
She Is Blessed With Beauty
Morgan Ortagus is a woman with beauty and brains, having won a beauty pageant at age 20.
She has a height of 5 feet 7 inches and a body figure that measures 37-25-37 inches for her bust, waist, and hips respectively. She also reportedly weighs 59 kg.