43 Facts About Jenna Ellis


Jenna Lynn Ellis was born on November 1,1984 and is an American conservative lawyer known for her work as a member of Donald Trump's legal team.


Jenna Ellis is a former deputy district attorney in Weld County, Colorado.


Since 2018, Ellis has presented herself as a "constitutional law attorney" during cable news appearances, though The New York Times reported her background did not reflect such expertise and The Wall Street Journal reported she had no history in any federal cases.


In 2017, Jenna Ellis became a writer for the Washington Examiner, where she falsely claimed to have a history of being a "professor of constitutional law".


Jenna Ellis was a critic of Donald Trump and his supporters in 2015 and early 2016 until he became the 2016 Republican nominee for president, at which point Jenna Ellis began voicing support, including in media appearances.


Jenna Ellis was hired by Trump in November 2019 as a senior legal adviser.


From November 2020 to January 2021, Jenna Ellis was a member of what she characterized as an "elite strike force team" that made efforts to overturn Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.


Jenna Ellis made unsubstantiated claims that Trump was the actual winner of the election and drafted two memos falsely asserting vice president Mike Pence could change the results.


In March 2023, Jenna Ellis was publicly censured by the chief disciplinary judge of the Colorado Supreme Court for recklessly making 10 public misrepresentations, which she admitted to, about the 2020 presidential election, including the claims that Trump won the election and that the election was stolen from him.


From 2012 to 2013, Jenna Ellis served as deputy district attorney in Weld County, Colorado.


Jenna Ellis was fired as deputy district attorney after around six months, which she attributed to her insistence that she would not prosecute a case she thought was unethical.


The Colorado Sun published government records in December 2020 indicating Jenna Ellis had been fired for "mistakes", including a failure to "adhere" to Colorado's Victim Rights Act.


The 2020 Trump campaign responded to The Colorado Sun on Jenna Ellis' behalf, stating that this was a "nonstory".


Jenna Ellis defended clients in state courts in matters pertaining to assault, domestic abuse, prostitution, and theft.


Records showed that Jenna Ellis took part in approximately 30 state court cases which began from 2012 or 2016, including one state appeals court case; this was described as a 'sparse record' by another Colorado lawyer interviewed by The Wall Street Journal.


Court records do not show Jenna Ellis having taken part in election law cases, federal judiciary cases, or any cases in the United States district courts or courts of appeals before December 2020.


In 2013, Jenna Ellis worked for IE Discovery in one lawsuit involving a contract dispute.


Jenna Ellis later claimed to have been an "attorney for the US Department of State", though no records exist of her as a State Department employee.


In 2015, Jenna Ellis became an affiliate faculty member of Colorado Christian University, and later an assistant professor of legal studies, until her departure in 2018.


Jenna Ellis self-published a book, The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America's Constitutional Crisis, in 2015.


Jenna Ellis argued that the Constitution of the United States must only be interpreted according to the Bible.


In 2016, Jenna Ellis described homosexuals as "sinners" whose "conduct is vile and abominable".


Between late 2015 and early 2016, Jenna Ellis was a stern critic of Donald Trump's efforts to become the presidential nominee for the Republican Party.


In February 2016, Jenna Ellis claimed that Trump was not a real Christian because he did not seek forgiveness or repentance.


When sharing a meme about how Hillary Clinton's supporters did not care about her being an "unethical, corrupt, lying, criminal dirtbag", Jenna Ellis stated that this was true of the relationship between Trump and his supporters and that the same logic applied.


When confronted in November 2020 over her earlier opposition to Trump and her subsequent change of opinion, Jenna Ellis, who was now a senior legal adviser for Trump's attempts to contest the result of the 2020 presidential election, stated that her previous criticisms of Trump were not a secret, that her earlier statements demonstrated that she thought for herself, and that she was straightforward about her opinions and whether or not these had changed over time.


The New York Times reports that Jenna Ellis has made appearances on Denver radio shows as a legal commentator, although the Times does not state when this was.


In 2020, Jenna Ellis became the special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a conservative group that has filed 2020 election-related lawsuits via the Amistad Project organization.


Jenna Ellis stated that Amistad had cited her as a board member without her approval.


In November 2019, Jenna Ellis was hired as a senior legal adviser for Trump and his 2020 re-election campaign.


Jenna Ellis was paid $30,000 in November 2020 by the campaign.


Jenna Ellis and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were far more optimistic about his prospects.


Jenna Ellis said that the Trump campaign would only provide "a preview of what we've discovered" at the press conference, while the actual evidence would be given to a court.


Jenna Ellis claimed that this was no error, but actually a "courtesy" to the judge so that he would only need to approve the amendment with the judge's seal.


Giuliani and Jenna Ellis reacted by condemning the "activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania".


On November 23, even after the General Services Administration recognized Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the 2020 election, Jenna Ellis baselessly claimed that the "election was stolen and President Trump won by a landslide".


Jenna Ellis personally urged the lawmakers to intervene in the election Michigan law mandates that the state's electoral votes must go to the winner of the state's popular vote.


On December 8,2020, Axios reported that Jenna Ellis had told associates that she tested positive for COVID-19.


Jenna Ellis proposed that when Pence reached Arizona in the alphabetical order during the certification, he could declare the state's results as disputed and send all the electoral slates back to the states for "the final ascertainment of electors to be completed before continuing".


Jenna Ellis was subpoenaed in January 2022 to testify before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.


At one of Mastriano's campaign events in Erie, Jenna Ellis called Mastriano the "Donald Trump of Pennsylvania".


The New York Times reported that Jenna Ellis admitted that she knowingly misrepresented facts, while Law360 reported that she admitted lying, but other outlets gave a different account, reporting that Jenna Ellis admitted that she acted "with at least a reckless state of mind".


The day after being censured, Jenna Ellis said that she had not lied and did not admit to lying, denying that she "intentionally" made false statements.