• Margaret Claire Hoover is a political commentator, strategist, activist, author and media personality from Colorado, USA.
• She is the great-granddaughter of US President Herbert Hoover.
• She is the host of the PBS show "Firing Line" and the author of the best-selling book "American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party."
• She is a strong advocate for gay rights, including gay marriage and is the co-chair and founder of the group Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $5 million.

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FactSpeaks fluent Spanish and is a contributing student of Mandarin Chinese.

Who is Margaret Hoover?

Margaret Claire Hoover was born on 11 December 1977, in Colorado, USA, and is a political commentator and strategist, activist, author and media personality, best known for being the host of the PBS show entitled “Firing Line”. She is also the author of the best-selling book “American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party.”

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Margaret’s father was a mining engineer, and her mother a flight attendant; she is the great-granddaughter of the 31st US President Herbert Hoover. She attended Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado, and after matriculating enrolled in Bryn Mawr College where she studied Spanish literature with a minor in political science. She completed her degree in 2001 and also attended Davidson College for two years. After completing her education, she worked at the White House for George W. Bush’s administration as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. She helped with his re-election campaign in 2004, and later served as Deputy Finance Director for the presidential bid of Rudy Giuliani. She was also a staffer for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balert, and was Advisor to the Deputy Security of the Department of Homeland Security. Around this time, she started writing numerous pieces for popular publications, including “The Wall Street Journal” and “The Daily News”.

Media Appearances and Other Work

In 2008, Hoover started working on the show “The O’Reilly Factor” and was a Fox News contributor for four years, often jousting with the host Bill O’Reilly on a wide range of topics. While working in that capacity, she participated in an IQ Squared Debate held at New York University, against Howard Dean. She also joined Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Board of Directors. Other organizations she is a board member of include the Belgian American Educational Foundation, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

In 2012, she moved to CNN to become a political contributor for the network, and also served on various other networks, frequently appearing as a guest in HBO’s “Real Time”. Other shows she frequented include “Good Morning America”, “Today”, “The Early Show”, and various C-SPAN programs. In 2013, she founded the American Unity Fund, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the cause of gay and lesbian Americans. The following year, she was the host of the Toyota Solutions Studio at the Women in the World Conference held at the Lincoln Center. She is also working on various projects aimed at publicizing the legacy of her great-grandfather as humanitarian, along with his many other achievements.

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Margaret is known as a strong advocate for gay rights, including gay marriage, with the main argument that conservative values consist of individual freedom and marriage. She is known to have testified on behalf of gay marriage, and was an active contributor for the battle for gay marriage in New York. She has encouraged not to repeal the freedom to marry and as a result has been asked to work with the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

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She also serves as the co-chair and founder of the group called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. Margaret has been termed as one of the people spearheading guaranteed rights which transcend from left versus right. She is also the president of American Unity PAC which supports Republican Congressional candidates who are pro-LGBT. She supports the American Unity Fund and was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief in support of same-sex marriage.

Personal Life

For her personal life, it is known that Hoover is married to CNN contributor John Avlion, and they have two children. John worked as a speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani, and was also a former Editor-in-Chief of “The Daily Beast”, and is a senior columnist for “Newsweek”. Her husband mainly works with CNN as a Senior Political Analyst and a fill-in anchor. He has also authored several books including “Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics”, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America”, and “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations”. The couple are very active on social media due to their work that mainly concerns politics or activism, and they are often featured on numerous videos due to the programs they appear in.

The Net Worth of Margaret Hoover

How rich is Margaret Hoover? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through success in her numerous endeavors. She’s also been featured on numerous news television shows, and as she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.


1Loves to rollerblade.
2Daughter of Jean W. Hoover and Andrew Hoover of Littleton, Colordao and daughter-in-law of Dianne P. Avlon and John J. Avlon of Charlestown, South Carolina.
3She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
4Former aide to Karl Rove.
5Worked as Deputy Finance Director to Rudy Giuliani's 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee.
6American conservative feminist, political commentator, Republican strategist and blogger.
7Former Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign advisor and was the Deputy Press Secetary to Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on Capitol Hill.
8Former Bush White House appointee and served as a senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
9With her brother's fiancée and other friends, went to the opening of the movie Sex and the City (2008) on May 30, 2008. Her brother's wedding was the next day.
10Great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover. A member of the Board of Overseers for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves on the board of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.
11Raised in Colorado, has lived and worked in Taiwan, Bolivia, Mexico and China.
12Speaks fluent Spanish and is a contributing student of Mandarin Chinese.
13Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language Literature with a minor in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 2001.
14A Fox News contributor.



Real Time with Bill Maher2010-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Panelist
Point Taken2016TV SeriesHerself
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHerself
Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield2016TV SeriesHerself - Political Commentator
TakePart Live2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Co-Host
Piers Morgan Tonight2013TV SeriesHerself
Anderson Cooper 360°2013TV SeriesHerself
Erin Burnett OutFront2012TV SeriesHerself
Up to Us2012ShortHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2007-2012TV SeriesHerself - Republican Consultant / Herself (segment "He Said, She Said") / Herself / ...
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Overheard2011TV SeriesHerself - interviewee
The Early Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Hannity2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover2009TV Movie documentaryHerself - Great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover
At This Hour2016-2017TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
The Lead with Jake Tapper2016-2017TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent

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Media Buzz2015TV SeriesHerself - CNN Political Commentator
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself (segment "He Said, She Said")

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