When it was announced that Ana Navarro would be joining The View panel permanently on Fridays, the internet lost its mind — that is, in the best way possible. how excited they were to have the political commentator join the rest of the cast.
Of course, if you're not into watching CNN or ABC, there's a good chance you don't know much about Ana. So, in case you're not completely up to date on who Ana is and her background in politics, here are some fascinating facts to note before tuning in to watch The View again:
Ana was born in Nicaragua.
On December 28, 1971, Ana was born in Chinandega, Nicaragua. While she spent the first nine years of her life in the country, she and her family fled to the United States in 1980 to escape the Sandinistan/Nicaraguan Revolution, according to her . Raised in a neighborhood city of Miami, she ended up going to the University of Miami and earning her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Political Science. In 1997, she then earned her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University Law School.
Besides The View, Ana frequents CNN.
Ana may be best known for her political commentating on CNN, but well before that, she took on many roles working with prominent Republican figures. She told the that she first considered herself a Republican when former President Ronald Reagan showed his support for the Contra counterinsurgency in their fight against the Sandinistas.
The Tampa Bay Times notes that Ana rose to prominence by speaking out on Miami Cuban radio shows, organizing political rallies, and working with a young Jeb Bush to help Nicaraguan immigrants stay in the U.S. In 1998, she officially served on then-Gov. Bush's transition team. Three years later, she served as an Ambassador to the United Nation's Human Rights Commission.
She has deep connections to the McCain and Huntsman families.
Apart from the cable news network scene, fellow co-hosts Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman are very familiar with Ana. As it turns out, Ana worked for Meghan's father, John McCain, and Abby's dad, John Huntsman Jr., in the past.
In 2008, Ana served as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for John McCain's presidential bid. Four years down the line, she worked with Jon's campaign as the National Hispanic Co-Chair. So, safe to say, the three conservative panelists go way back!
Ana was practically a regular on Jeopardy!
Besides talkshows and primetime news, Ana has also had some fun with Alex Trebek on one of the country's most iconic gameshows. According to IMDB, Ana appeared as a "clue giver" on Jeopardy! three times between 2016-2017, and she was even a celebrity contestant herself during week four of Power Players.
She got engaged this year.
In October 2018, Ana announced on Twitter that she and her boyfriend, Al Cardenas, were engaged. Al, like Ana, is a Republican strategist and previously worked on Jeb Bush's presidential campaign in 2016. a former chairman of the American Conservative Union. It's unclear how long the two have been dating.