A youthful looking and attractive black woman broke the internet this week. She was seated behind Neil Gorsuch (pictured left) at his recent Supreme Court nomination. This enigmatic young woman has also created a lot of curiosity about who she really is.
Her name is Mary Elizabeth Taylor (pictured right) and she works in the Trump Administration’s legislative affairs unit. Taylor’s job involves working medially as a liaison among the White House and Congress to communicate the president’s plans among federal legislators. People are really making a big deal about Taylor’s looks, however. On Wednesday (March 22nd), a Twitter user who calls themselves Pres. Andrew Johnson tweeted, “I was spellbound yesterday during the Gorsuch hearing…Couldn’t stop watching Mary Elizabeth Taylor.”
It turns out that there is a whole lot more to learn about Taylor than what meets the eye. For starters, she isn’t a politically neutral operative in Washington. Taylor is a long time Republican who got her start when she was an undergraduate student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
In 2006, she received her B.A. in political science. Prior to her graduation, Taylor was already working as an intern for the U.S. Senate. Taylor has also interned for the Washington Nationals marketing department.
In the summer of 2010, Taylor worked as an intern for Koch Industries, a company owned by two of the most wealthy and powerful figures in the Republican party. In the 11 years since she’s graduated college, Taylor has racked up a lot connections with some of the nation’s most influential people. She was a Public Policy Leadership Fellow at the Fund for American Studies and worked for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in the Senate Republican Cloakroom.
The “cloakrooms” are where the infamous “back door deals” in Washington go down after official meetings are adjourned. Taylor has also studied Spanish and was a close colleague of Makin Delrahim, the top staffer on Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination team.