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. Read on to find out all – from her early years and career beginnings to her relationships.
Morgan Ortagus – Biography, Age
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 cleanup and restoration company, her mother worked as an office manager.
Ortagus studied at the 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.
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 national co-chair of Maverick PAC as well as Ernst & Young Geostrategic Business Group Senior Advisor.
Morgan Ortagus got married to Jonathan Weinberger 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. 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 Weinberger graduated from the American University, Washington, D.C. 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 US Marine Officer, Joshua Dobbs but the pair got divorced after a few years for undisclosed reasons.
Height and Other Facts About Morgan Ortagus
• Morgan Ortagus is 5 feet 7 inches tall. She has an hourglass body figure that measures 37-25-37 inches for her chest, waist and hips respectively. She also reportedly weighs 59 kg.
• Morgan reportedly has a twin sister named Megan. Numerous sources, however, hold that she is the only child of her parents.
• She participated in a number of beauty pageants while growing up including the Miss Florida Citrus which she won in 2002 at the age of 20.
• Ortagus got married in a red wedding gown that stirred a buzz on the internet.
• She became an active Reservist in the United States Navy in 2014.
• Morgan Ortagus founded Global Opportunity (GO) Advisors alongside American Foreign Policy and National Security Analyst, Samantha Vinograd.
• As both Morgan and her husband are Jewish, they had a Jewish marriage on the eve of their court marriage.
• A drunk driver’s killing of her pageant mentor inspired her to join the humanitarian movement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.