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Ex-Tucsonan named spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump

Stephanie Grisham, a former Tucsonan who was a spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, has been working in the White House after a stint in state government. Grisham was named the director of communications for first lady Melania Trump on Monday.

Grisham worked as the spokeswoman for the Republicans in the Arizona Legislature after a stint of several years as the public information officer for state Attorney General Tom Horne.

Prior to her series of government jobs, she was the spokeswoman for AAA Arizona, beginning in 2007.

She began working for the Donald Trump campaign in May 2016, after the Legislature adjourned.

Since Trump's election victory in November, Grisham first worked with the incoming president's transition team, and then as a deputy press secretary. She was named a "special assistant to the president" and communications director for the first lady on Monday.

Melania Trump called Grisham "a wonderful addition to the team" in a news release. "She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the job, and will be an incredible asset to my office as we build out our agenda, preserve our country's rich traditions, and serve the American people.'

Grisham said she was "honored by the opportunity" in the statement released by the White House.

"Mrs. Trump's life story is an inspiration to millions of mothers and female entrepreneurs, and to me personally," she said. "I deeply respect and admire her commitment to our country, her family, and to the important role of the first lady. I look forward to helping her communicate her unifying message of kindness and empowerment."

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Trump and Grisham in May 2016.