Who is Shawn Townsend? MSNBC host Symone Sanders weds fiancé in surprise ceremony

Symone Sanders, an American politician and commentator, and Shawn Townsend, her longtime partner, got married.

The 32-year-old MSNBC host said “I do” on July 15 at a private wedding ceremony attended by friends and family at the Larz Anderson House on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.

Only approximately 100 people, according to several news sources, were informed of the couple’s impending nuptials. Townsend reportedly referred to Sanders as “ride or die,” according to People Magazine.

Symone Sanders and Shawn Townsend

Symone Sanders and Shawn Townsend

All you need to know about Symone Sanders’ husband Shawn Townsend

Shawn Townsend graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in journalism and mass communication, according to the company’s official website. He is presently residing in Columbia.

According to the website, Townsend is the head of the company’s Washington, D.C., office and promotes collaborations between public and private businesses. Furthermore, it says:

Shawn served as the director of the Columbian Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture in 2018, having been chosen by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Additionally, he was instrumental in creating and formulating a plan of engagement to assist businesses and patients throughout the coronavirus epidemic.

Pastor Dededrick O. Rivers of Ward Memorial AME Church officiated his marriage ceremony. Later on in the ceremony, as is customary in many Black marriages, the newlyweds leapt a broom to seal their relationship.

Their first dance together was to Jac Ross’s song So Into You. Opal Vadhan, Minyon Moore, Alencia Johnson, Catherine Snyder, Brittany Ruff, Abby Phillips, Remi Yamamoto, Malcom Thomas, and other celebrities were among the close friends and A-listers in attendance at the wedding.

Symone Sanders highlighted her enthusiasm about her D-Day with Townsend in an interview with People Magazine in May.

Sanders also announced in the same month that the couple would wed in Mexico, but she reportedly changed her mind.

After being introduced by political analyst and former South Carolina politician Bakari Seller, Symone Sanders and Shawn Townsend first met in 2019. The couple made their engagement public in 2021, two years after starting to date.

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