The First Mates Club

CHERI DANIELS

Husband: Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels

Age: 61

Number of Kids: 4

Résumé: 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.

CALLISTA GINGRICH

Husband: Fmr. Ga. Rep. Newt Gingrich

Age: 45

Number of Kids: 0

Résumé: 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.

MARY PAWLENTY

Husband: Fmr. Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Age: 50

Number of Kids: 2

Résumé: 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.’ ”

MARCUS BACHMANN

Wife: Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann

Age: 55

Number of Kids: 28

Résumé: 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.

JANET HUCKABEE

Husband: Fmr. Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee

Age: 55

Number of Kids: 3

Résumé: 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. Soon after, was diagnosed with spinal cancer; underwent radiation therapy.

Pet Project: She was once the GOP nominee for Arkansas secretary of state while her husband was seeking a second term as governor.

Trademark: Known as “First Tomboy.”

MELANIA TRUMP

Husband: Businessman Donald Trump

Age: 41

Number of Kids: 1

Résumé: Studied design at University of Ljubljana. Worked as a model in Paris, Milan, and New York.

Trivia: Her $100,000 wedding dress by John Galliano required nearly 300 square feet of material, took 1,000 hours to make, and featured a 13-foot train.

Backstory: Was the one who asked for Donald’s number.

Pet Project: Designs a line of jewelry and timepieces for QVC.

Trademark: Stone-cold smolder.

ANN ROMNEY

Husband: Fmr. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney

Age: 62

Number of Kids: 5

Résumé: Attended BYU, then went to Harvard Extension School and studied French. Was a stay-at-home mom.

Trivia: Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. Has lived largely without flare-ups.

Backstory: Met Mitt in high school. Converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The pair married when Ann was 19.

Pet Project: Avid equestrian; competed in the amateur Grand Prix.

Trademark: Strand of pearls.

MARY KAYE HUNTSMAN

Husband: Fmr. Amb. to China Jon Huntsman

Age: 49

Number of Kids: 7

Résumé: Attended Arizona State University. Last year, published attack in Chinese media on cigarette advertising.

Trivia: Grew up in Florida, moved to Utah as a teenager.

Backstory: Met Jon in high school but were just friends. Met again while Mary was at ASU and married within a year. Traveled widely with husband.

Pet Project: Led campaign against juvenile diabetes.

Trademark: Windswept blonde coiffure.

MARY PAT CHRISTIE

Husband: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie

Age: 46

Number of Kids: 4

Résumé: Part-time bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald in Manhattan. Earned as much as $500,000 annually, even while working reduced hours.

Trivia: Favorite book is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Backstory: Mary Pat and Chris met in college and married the year after graduating. Have been married 25 years.

Pet Project: Served on mothers’ guild at son’s school.

Trademark: Makes a mean Dr. Bird cake.

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