- Full Name: Dana Marie Perino
- Net Worth: $6 million
- Birthplace: Wyoming, United States of America
- Birthdate: May 9, 1972
- Spouse: Peter McMahon
- Age: 48 years
Who is Dana Perino?
Dana Perino, born Dana Marie Perino, is an American political commentator and published author. 24th White House Press Secretary, she served under the leadership of President George W. Bush from September 14 September 2007, to January 20 January 2009. After Dee Dee Meyers, who served under Clinton, Perino was the second female to serve as the Press Secretary at the White House. She works as a political commentator in Fox News while acting as co-host of the network’s show The Five. Aside from this, she is the publishing executive at Random House.
Born in Evanston, Wyoming, she grew up in Denver, Colorado. She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, located in the southeast of Denver, near a suburb. She completed her bachelor’s degree in mass communications and minors in political science and Spanish, both from Colorado State University-Pueblo. After graduation, she went on to the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), completing her master’s degree in public affairs reporting. While conducting her studies in UIS, she also worked as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol under WCIA, a CBS affiliate
The start of a career
Perino worked in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Scott McInnis as a staff assistant after turning to be the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer for nearly four years, responsible for chairing the House Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
After the announcement of retirement by Schaefer in 1998, Perino and her husband Peter McMahon moved to Great Britain.
After returning to Washington, D.C. in 2001, she secured a position as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice. She continued to serve for two years.
Perino then joined the White House staff as the Associate director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). She provided strategic advice on message development, media relations and public outreach.
As the press secretary
At the white house, she worked as the Deputy Press Secretary from 2005 to 2007. In the midst, she took the role as the Acting White House Press Secretary from March 27 March to April 30 April 2007, while Tony Snow underwent surgery to treat colon cancer.
When Bush announced on August 31 August 2007, that Snow was resigning for health reasons, Perino took over his role.
Her personal life
Perino met her future husband, English-born businessman Peter McMahon, in August 1997. They tied the knot in 1998. Her husband is an an entrepreneur who is involved in the marketing of medical products. Other than that, Peter is also the CEO of Shopko, an American Multinational Company.
Her Net Worth
Being the press secretary of the reigning President, deputy and head, and other jobs have raked in quite some amount of money for the published author. Her sources are extended to a discussion panel that stands as one of the most viewed programs; she is the owner of $6 million. As a press secretary,, she made a $172.2 k salary.