She was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government in July 2014. Before this, she was parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to the secretary of state for defence, Philip Hammond from autumn 2013. 
In May 2015 Mordaunt became the first female armed forces minister at the Ministry of Defence. and was appointed minister of state for the Department for Work and Pensions by the incoming prime minister Theresa May on 15 July 2016.
Mordaunt worked for the Conservative Central Office where she was head of broadcasting under the leadership of William Hague. In 2000 she served as head of foreign press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign. 
- In Parliament, Mordaunt served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People.
- Mordaunt also worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association as well as being the a director at Diabetes UK. In 2004 she founded a media company, which she sold in 2010. 
- Alex Black, Profile: Penny Mordaunt, Diabetes UK, PR Week, 4 May 2006.
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