Bay Buchanan

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Bay Buchanan
37th Treasurer of the United States
In office
March 20, 1981 – July 5, 1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byAzie Taylor Morton
Succeeded byKatherine D. Ortega
Personal details
Angela Marie Buchanan

(1948-12-23) December 23, 1948 (age 73)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseWilliam Jackson (m. 1982, div.)
Children3 William Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Stuart Jackson

Angela Marie "Bay" Buchanan (born December 23, 1948) is a conservative political commentator who served as Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan.[1] She is the sister of conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan.

Early life[edit]

Buchanan was born December 23, 1948, in Washington, D.C., to Catherine (Crum), a nurse, and William Buchanan, an accountant. She attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, where she was the captain of the hockey and basketball teams.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Rosemont College in 1971,[2] and went on to receive a master's degree in mathematics from McGill University in 1973.[1]


Buchanan was the national treasurer of the "Reagan for President" primary campaigns of 1976 and 1980, and the Reagan-Bush general election campaigns of 1980 and 1984.[3] After appearing regularly on CNN's news program Inside Politics, she became a commentator for The Situation Room, and later Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull. She previously served as the co-anchor of Equal Time on CNBC and MSNBC, and during that time also hosted a two-hour radio talk show.

Appointed at the age of 32, Buchanan was the youngest person to serve as Treasurer of the United States.[4] She held that post from March 20, 1981, to July 5, 1983, after which she was appointed Chairwoman of the President's Commission on Women Business Owners.[5][6]

Buchanan managed her brother Pat Buchanan's three unsuccessful campaigns for President of the United States.[7]

The co-chair of the California delegation to the 1988 Republican National Convention, Buchanan also served as the co-chair of the defense subcommittee of the Party platform Committee. In 1990, she ran in the California Republican primary election for state treasurer,[7] against incumbent Thomas W. Hayes. Hayes prevailed, but would go on to lose the general election to Democrat Kathleen Brown.

In May 2006, Buchanan was appointed chair of Team America PAC, a political action committee founded by Tom Tancredo. In 2007, she served as chairman to Tancredo's presidential campaign, after which she became a senior advisor to Mitt Romney.[8] After the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, Buchanan became a licensed real estate agent in Virginia, working for the firm McEnearney Associates.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, Buchanan converted from Roman Catholicism to Mormonism.[2] In 1982, she married William Jackson, an attorney; they later divorced.[2] Buchanan is the mother of three sons:[10] William (born 1983), Thomas (born 1984) and Stuart (born 1987).[2] She was forced to give birth to the last of her boys, Stuart, alone, and therefore raise her three boys as a single mother, when her husband walked out on the family. Buchanan has signed a number of $1 banknotes from the 1981 series, which were printed while she was serving as treasurer. These notes have an increased value to numismatists because of the "Courtesy Autograph."[11]

Published works[edit]

  • Buchanan, Bay (2007). The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59698-507-0.
  • —— (2012). Bay and Her Boys. Da Capo Press.


  1. ^ a b "Nomination of Angela M. Buchanan To Be Treasurer of the United States." John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California (hosted), Gerhard Peters (database). February 12, 1981. Retrieved on May 29, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Howe, Rob (March 4, 1996). "Her Brother's Keeper". People. Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Letter to the Chairman of the Reagan-Bush '84 Committee." Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. National Archives and Records Administration. October 17, 1983. Retrieved on May 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Bonnett, Margie. "The Youngest U.S. Treasurer Ever Is Banking on a Family Tradition." People. Vol. 15. No. 21. June 1, 1981. Retrieved on May 29, 2008.
  5. ^ United States Department of the Treasury, "Treasurers of the United States," History the Treasury. Accessed on March 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Appointments & Nominations, July 19, 1983. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved May 29, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Dave Maley (March 22, 2002). "Conservative Activist Angela 'Bay' Buchanan to Speak at Ithaca College". Ithaca College. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "Bay Buchanan". American Cause.
  9. ^ "Bay Buchanan goes into real estate". The Washington Post. February 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Clines, Francis X. (September 26, 1999). "Buchanan's Sister Shepherds Insurgent Race". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  11. ^ Heritage Auctions

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