- Full Name Jenna Ellis
- Occupation Lawyer
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Colorado, USA
- Birth Date Nov 01, 1984
- Age 38 Years, 3 Months
Jenna Ellis | BiographyEllis has been a victim of a violent crime when she was 16
Jenna Ellis was appointed as a senior legal advisor for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign in November 2019. CNN reported that Ellis had been one of his most ardent defenders since joining Trump's campaign. However, back in March 2016, she was one of Trump's toughest critics. Later, Ellis claimed that she realized she was wrong about Trump back then and saw him keeping his promises while getting to know him personally.
Jenna Ellis is an American attorney mostly recognized as the legal advisor for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.
Who is Jenna Ellis?
Jenna Ellis is an American attorney, author, and podcaster. She started her career in 2011 as a law clerk at Colorado Attorney General's Office. She then worked as a contract attorney at the United States Department of States and as deputy district attorney at Weld County District Attorney's office. Later, she was appointed as a senior legal advisor for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign in November 2019.
In addition, Ellis had served as an assistant professor of legal studies at Colorado Christian University from 2015 to 2018. She is an author of a book titled 'The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution,' published in 2015. Furthermore, she is a host of the podcast Just The Truth.
Jenna Lynn Ellis was born on 1 November 1984 in Colorado, to Dave Ellis, a senior program manager for an aerospace company, and his wife, Valerie. Ellis and her two brothers were homeschooled.
At 14, Ellis interned for the Colorado lieutenant governor, becoming the youngest intern ever in the office at the time. She and her older brother worked on a United States Senate campaign while in high school.
Victim of a Violent Crime
A profile on Ellis by Cedarville University reveals that Ellis was the victim of a violent crime when she was 16 years old. However, she hasn't shared details of the incident. Overcoming the difficult situation of life, a young Ellis decided to "use her story to further the Gospel of Christ." Robert Shapiro served as a chief prosecutor on her case, in which the perpetrator pleaded guilty since the beginning of the proceedings.
"I have always been interested in law, but through my interactions with Rob, I was able to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of criminal law," said Ellis. "The impact he had on me was so great that once my case concluded, I began to volunteer for the district attorney's office as a victim advocate," she added.
After the case was over, Ellis received a significant financial award from her civil suit. Instead of using the received money for her personal use, she used the financial award to set up a scholarship endowment to benefit future Cedarville students. As per Ellis, she wanted the money to "mean something more." She said, "Starting a scholarship endowment was a way for me to heed that call to minister to others, and ultimately, further the Gospel of Christ through others' ministries."
In 2003, she began her college studies at Cedarville University. The following year, she transferred to Colorado State University to major in journalism since Cedarville University did not offer that undergraduate program at the time. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Colorado State University, Ellis earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
After earning a law degree, Ellis began her career as a law clerk at Colorado Attorney General's Office in 2011. She worked there for less than a year and then joined the United States Department of State as a contract attorney the same year. From 2012 to 2013, she worked as a deputy district attorney in Weld County, Colorado.
Ellis then joined Colorado Christian University as an assistant professor of legal studies in 2015. She taught political science and pre-law to undergraduate students at the university until 2018. From 2018 to 2019, Ellis served as a director of the Dobson Policy Center at James Dobson Family Institute for a year.
In July 2020, Ellis started serving as a special counsel for Thomas More Society, a conservative law firm based in Chicago.
A lawyer and professor, Ellis served as a contributing writer for Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog from 2017 to February 2021. In March 2021, she started contributing to Newsmax.
Getting Fired from Job
In December 2020, The Colorado Sun reported that Ellis was fired from Weld County District Attorney's office in 2013 after making mistakes on cases. According to the documents obtained by The Colorado Sun from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Ellis "failed to meet the employer's expectations" and "made mistakes on cases the employer believes she should not have made."
Legal Advisor for Trump 2020 Campaign
In November 2019, Ellis was appointed as a senior legal advisor for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign. CNN reported in November 2020 that Ellis had been one of his most ardent defenders since joining Trump's campaign.
However, back in March 2016, she was one of Trump's toughest critics. According to CNN, in 2016, she called Trump an "idiot," who was "boorish and arrogant," and a "bully" whose words could not be trusted as factually accurate. She also suggested he was not a "real Christian." She also accused that Trump's supporters didn't care about "facts or logic."
Explaining to CNN about her change of perception of Trump, she noted that she was a non-supporter of Trump early in the primary process in 2015. However, she added that she had also been "straightforward with her opinions" and had admitted when her opinion changed. Ellis also claimed that she learned she was wrong about Trump back then and later saw him keeping his promises and eventually getting to know him personally.
Ellis published a book titled 'The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America's Constitutional Crisis' on 22 December 2015.
In February 2021, Ellis started hosting a podcast Just The Truth at Real America's Voice News.
Resigning from the Republican Party
In an episode dated 12 July 2021 of her Just The Truth podcast, Ellis announced that she was resigning from the Republican Party, claiming that it doesn't support Trump enough. She said that she would not be a Republican until the party decided to be conservative again.
In June 2019, Ellis married a television host and podcaster, David Rives. Their marriage was short-lived. Reportedly, they divorced just a couple of months after their wedding. According to The Sun article in November 2020, Ellis claimed in a now-deleted Facebook post that her husband refused the church authority, accountability, or biblical counseling for some very critical issues. She also claimed that her husband decided to separate in August 2019.