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College of Charleston grad named special assistant to president in Trump administration

College of Charleston grad in Trump administration

College of Charleston graduate Madeleine Westerhout has joined the Trump administration as special assistant to the president and executive assistant to the president. (Photo provided)

After Donald Trump takes the oath of office today, a 2013 graduate of the College of Charleston will ascend to the role of special and executive assistant to the president. 

Madeleine Westerhout, 26, graduated from C of C in 2013 with a degree in political science. 

Though she's a native of California, she touts her time in the Holy City with shaping what would become her career. "I went across the country to attend the College in Charleston," she said.

She made her first foray into politics as a political intern for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, afterward transitioning to special projects and volunteer coordinator for former South Carolina Sen. John Kuhn in 2013.

Westerhout moved to Washington after graduation to intern for former Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., before taking a full-time position with the Republican National Committee.

Her role at the RNC led her to begin work with Donald Trump's transition team, assisting guests of the president-elect as they made their way from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York to scheduled meetings.

In her new job, she'll be making sure the 45th president has all the tools he needs to execute his day.

"I'll be an eyewitness to history, which is pretty exciting," Westerhout said.

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