Husband: Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels
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.
Husband: Fmr. Ga. Rep. Newt Gingrich
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.
Husband: Fmr. Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty
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.’ ”
Wife: Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann
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.
Husband: Fmr. Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee
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.”
Husband: Businessman Donald Trump
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.
Husband: Fmr. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney
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
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
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.