The First Mates Club
Behind every good candidate is a great spouse. How do these GOP partners measure up?
Husband: Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels
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.
Husband: Fmr. Ga. Rep. Newt Gingrich
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
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
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
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. …