Ann Coulter : biography
Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American conservative social and political commentator, eight-time best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.
Coulter rose to prominence as a talking head in the 1990s as an outspoken critic of the Clinton administration. Well known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she presents and defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot", and does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do", sometimes drawing criticism from the right, as well as the left.
Ann Hart Coulter was born in New York City on December 8, 1961, to John Vincent Coulter, a native of Albany, New York, and Nell Husbands Coulter (née Martin; died 2009. humanevents.com. April 2009.), a native of Paducah, Kentucky. The family later moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Coulter and her two older brothers, James and John, were raised. She graduated from New Canaan High School in 1980. Coulter’s age was disputed in 2002 while she was arguing that she was not yet 40, yet Washington Post columnist Lloyd Grove cited that she provided a birthdate of December 8, 1961, when registering to vote in New Canaan, Connecticut prior to the 1980 Presidential election. Meanwhile, a driver’s license issued several years later allegedly listed her birthdate as December 8, 1963. Coulter will not confirm either date, citing privacy concerns.
While attending Cornell University, Coulter helped found The Cornell Review,Horowitz, David. "". FrontPageMag.com. May 21, 2001. Retrieved on July 10, 2006. and was a member of the Delta Gamma national sorority. She graduated cum laude from Cornell in 1984 with a B.A. in history, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988, where she was an editor of the Michigan Law Review." (Profile)". . Retrieved on July 10, 2006. See also Michigan Law Review vol. 86 No. 5 (April 1988), where Ann Coulter "of Connecticut" is listed on the masthead as an articles editor. At Michigan, Coulter was president of the local chapter of the Federalist Society and was trained at the National Journalism Center.Hallow, Ralph. "". The Washington Times. February 21, 2006. Retrieved on July 10, 2006.
After law school, Coulter served as a law clerk, in Kansas City, for Pasco Bowman II of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.See ; ; Coulter herself says it was Bowman. See ; see also After a short time working in New York City in private practice, where she specialized in corporate law, Coulter left to work for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee after the Republican Party took control of Congress in 1994. She handled crime and immigration issues for Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan and helped craft legislation designed to expedite the deportation of aliens convicted of felonies.Daley, David. . Hartford Courant. June 25, 1999. [$2.50 charge required to view article] She later became a litigator with the Center for Individual Rights.
In 1999 and 2000, Coulter considered running for Congress in Connecticut on the Libertarian Party ticket to serve as a spoiler in order to throw the seat to the Democratic candidate and see that Republican Congressman Christopher Shays failed to gain re-election, as a punishment for Shays’ vote against Clinton’s impeachment. The leadership of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut, after meeting with Coulter, declined to endorse her. As a result, her self-described "total sham, media-intensive, third-party Jesse Ventura campaign" did not take place.Lehman, Susan. "". Salon.com. March 4, 1999. Retrieved July 10, 2006.Browne, Harry. "". Harry Browne. September 22, 2000. Retrieved July 10, 2006.