Magazine article Newsweek

The First Mates Club

Magazine article Newsweek

The First Mates Club

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Behind every good candidate is a great spouse. How do these GOP partners measure up?


Husband: Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels

Age: 61

Number of Kids: 4

Resume: Studied journalism at Indiana University.

Trivia: She is the granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Famer Billy Herman.

Backstory: In 1994, after 15 years of marriage and four daughters, Cheri divorced Daniels and married a California doctor. Three years later, she divorced her second husband and remarried Daniels.

Pet Projects: Heart health, fitness, and literacy.

Trademark: Pigtails.


Husband: Fmr. Ga. Rep. Newt Gingrich

Age: 45

Number of Kids: 0

Resume: Studied music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Trivia: Newt's third wife taught him how to play golf.

Backstory: In 1993, when she was a staffer in the House, Callista Bisek began an affair with Gingrich. They continued their relationship while Gingrich led the impeachment fight against Bill Clinton.

Pet Project: Photography.

Trademark: Ever-present position by her husband's side.


Husband: Fmr. Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Age: 50

Number of Kids: 2

Resume: An attorney, Pawlenty served as Minnesota district-court judge from 1994 to 2007.

Trivia: Tim Pawlenty calls Mary his "red-hot smokin' wife." According to hubby, Mary ate only orange ice pops when she was pregnant.

Backstory: Tim converted to evangelical Christianity after marrying Mary.

Pet Project: Founded the Military Family Care Initiative.

Trademark: Being "red-hot smokin.' "


Wife: Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann

Age: 55

Number of Kids: 28

Resume: Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Trivia: His anti-abortion activism was inspired by a Christian documentary. They have 23 foster children.

Backstory: Bachmann met Michele Amble in college. As their romance continued, the two worked for Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign.

Pet Project: He also owns the Bachmann Farm Family Partnership in Wisconsin.

trademark: Silver fox.


Husband: Fmr. Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee

Age: 55

Number of Kids: 3

Resume: Served two terms as local PTA president.

Trivia: Likes to hunt; once fired a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp.

Backstory: Married at 18. …

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