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Fun Facts About The Wives Of The 2016 Presidential Candidates  was originally published on

1. Bernie & Jane O’Meara Sanders

Bernie & Jane O’Meara Sanders

The Independent senator from Vermont is married to Jane O’Meara Sanders, a former president of Burlington College. The couple has been married for 27 years. His first marriage in the 1960s ended in divorce.

2. Dr. Ben Carson & Lacena “Candy” Carson

Dr. Ben Carson & Lacena “Candy” Carson

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon has been married to Lacena “Candy” Carson for 40 years. She was triple major at Yale University, where she studied music, psychology, and pre-med. She also obtained an MBA and serves as head of the Carson Scholars Fund program, which awards scholarship dollars to students who demonstrate academic achievement and commitment to their communities. She is also an accomplished violinist.

3. Lincoln & Stephanie Chafee

Lincoln & Stephanie Chafee

The former Rhode Island governor is married to Stephanie Chafee, whose family founded the Rhode Island School of Design. In the late-1980s, while working at the Roger Williams Medical Center, she became one of the first AIDS research nurses in the country.

4. Mike & Katie O’Malley

Mike & Katie O’Malley

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor is married to Katie O’Malley, a Baltimore City District Court judge.

5. Jim & Hong Le Webb

Jim & Hong Le Webb

The former U.S. Senator for Virginia is married to his third wife, Hong Le Webb, who has played a big role in helping to build his political career by working on his senate election campaigns.

6. Ted & Heidi Nelson Cruz

Ted & Heidi Nelson Cruz

The U.S. senator from Texas is married to Heidi Nelson Cruz, a managing director at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs in Houston. They married in 2001.

7. Jeb & Columba Bush

Jeb & Columba Bush

The former Florida governor has been married to Columba Bush since 1974. The Mexican-American philanthropist figured prominently in Trump’s attacks on immigrants. He told CNN this summer that Bush “has adopted a more moderate immigration policy because his wife, Columba, is Mexican.”

8. Mike & Janet Huckabee

Mike & Janet Huckabee

The former Arkansas governor has been married to Janet Huckabee since 1974. She was diagnosed with spinal cancer in the mid-1970s and ran for Arkansas Secretary of State in 2002.

9. Chris Christie & Mary Pat Foster

Chris Christie & Mary Pat Foster

The New Jersey governor is married to Mary Pat Foster, who he met at college at the University of Delaware. Besides her first lady duties, Foster, who has an MBA from Seton Hall, serves as the chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which she founded in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy.

10. Marco Rubio & Jeanette Dousdebes

Marco Rubio & Jeanette Dousdebes

The U.S. senator for Florida is married to Jeanette Dousdebes, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

11. Donald & Melania Knauss-Trump

Donald & Melania Knauss-Trump

The Republican front-runner is married to his third wife, Melania Knauss-Trump, a former model and jewelry designer. They married in 2005.

12. Bill & Hillary Clinton

Bill & Hillary Clinton

Sure he’s no FLOTUS, but the former president will feel right at home in his old stomping grounds.

13. Carly & Frank Fiorina

Carly & Frank Fiorina

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard has been married to Frank Fiorina since 1985. The two met at AT&T, where both worked as executives.

14. John Kasich & Karen Waldbillig

John Kasich & Karen Waldbillig

The Ohio governor is married to Karen Waldbillig, his second wife, who worked for a number of years in healthcare, public relations, and marketing. They married in 1997.