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Ann Romney (born April 16, 1949) is the wife of former 2008 United States presidential election candidate Mitt Romney. From 2003 to 2007 she was First Lady of Massachusetts.


Early life

Born Ann Lois Davies, she was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by parents Edward Roderick Davies (1915-1992) and Lois Davies(born Pottinger 1917-1993). Her father, originally from Wales, was opposed to all organized religion, although the family was nominally Episcopalian; he was a businessman, and mayor of Bloomfield Hills.

Ann Davies knew of Mitt Romney since elementary school. She went to the private Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, which was the sister school to the all-boys Cranbrook School that he attended. The two were re-introduced and began dating in March 1965; they informally agreed to marriage after his senior prom in June 1965.

While he was attending Stanford University for a year and then was away starting two and a half years of Mormon missionary duty in France, she converted on her own to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 1966, guided by Mitt's father George Romney, the Governor of Michigan. She graduated from high school in 1967 and began attending Brigham Young University. While at BYU she dated Kim Cameron.

Marriage and children

Soon after his return from France, she and Mitt Romney were married on March 21, 1969[8] (her family could not attend the temple ceremony due to being non-Mormon, but attended another ceremony held for them). Their first son was born in 1970 while both were undergraduates at Brigham Young, living in a $75-a-month basement apartment. When he graduated, the couple moved to Boston so that he could attend Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School; slowed down by parenthood, she later finished her undergraduate work by taking night courses at Harvard Extension School, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French language.

A stay-at-home mom, Romney raised the family's five boys (born between 1970 and 1981[11]) and taught early morning scripture classes to them and other children while her husband pursued his career, first in business and then in politics. Her personality as a political wife was viewed as superficial and a detriment to her husband's losing effort in the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts.

Multiple sclerosis and riding

In 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After a period of severe difficulty with the disease, a mixture of mainstream and alternative treatments has given her a lifestyle mostly without limitations; she initially used corticosteroids but then dropped them and other medications due to counterproductive side effects. She is a board member for the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has been given the MS Society's Annual Hope Award.

She is an avid equestrian, crediting her renewed involvement in it while in Utah for much of her recovery after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and for her continued ability to deal with the disease. She has received recognition in dressage as an adult amateur at the national level,including earning her 2006 Gold Medal and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the United States Dressage Federation. She also sometimes competes in professional dressage events and has broken the 60% level at Grand Prix. Romney works with California trainer Jan Ebling, who schools her and her horses in dressage and works with her importing new stock from Europe. The pair qualified for the Pan-Am games in 2004.

First Lady of Massachusetts and charitable work

In January 2003, following her husband's successful campaign in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, she became First Lady of Massachusetts, a position she held through January 2007. While Massachusetts First Lady, she was active in teenage pregnancy prevention efforts.


Ann Romney with her husband, at a campaign stop in Altoona, Iowa on December 29, 2007.She has been involved in a number of children's charities, including being director of the inner city-oriented Best Friends, and was given the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Salt Lake City-based Operation Kids. She has also served as Governor's Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as a board member for the United Way of America. The couple's primary residence has been in Belmont, Massachusetts, but they also have homes in New Hampshire and Utah; in May 2008 they purchased a house in La Jolla, California, near where she rides horses.

2008 campaign

Ann Romney was an active campaigner in her husband's 2008 presidential campaign. One past issue that arose involving her was her donation of $150 to Planned Parenthood in 1994. By late 2007, she had become an integral part of his campaign, and was doing more trips and appearances on her own, despite the risk that added stress would aggravate her condition.

Her political message was often mixed with discussions of her family, her recipes, or managing her affliction; a ghost-written autobiography, Faith in the Family, was also in the offing. Romney's television advertisements in the early primary states prominently featured her. By the close of 2007, she was the most visible of all the Republican candidates' wives in campaigning. In May 2008, several months after the campaign ended unsuccessfully, she shared with her husband the Canterbury Medal from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, for "refusing to compromise their principles and faith" during the campaign.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Romney -------------------- Ann Romney

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ann Romney (born April 16, 1949[1]) is the wife of former 2008 United States presidential election candidate Mitt Romney. From 2003 to 2007 she was First Lady of Massachusetts.

Early life

Born Ann Lois Davies,[2] she was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[3] by parents Edward Roderick Davies[4] (1915-1992)[5] and Lois Davies[4] (born Pottinger 1917-1993).[6] Her father, originally from Wales,[5] was opposed to all organized religion,[4] although the family was nominally Episcopalian;[7] he was a businessman,[4] and mayor of Bloomfield Hills.[3]

Ann Davies knew of Mitt Romney since elementary school.[8] She went to the private Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills,[9] which was the sister school to the all-boys Cranbrook School that he attended.[9] The two were re-introduced and began dating in March 1965;[8] they informally agreed to marriage after his senior prom in June 1965.[8][4]

While he was attending Stanford University for a year and then was away starting two and a half years of Mormon missionary duty in France,[8] she converted on her own[3] to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[10] during 1966,[4] guided by Mitt's father George Romney, the Governor of Michigan.[4] She graduated from high school in 1967 and began attending Brigham Young University.[3] While at BYU she dated Kim Cameron.[11]

[edit]Marriage and children

Soon after his return from France, she and Mitt Romney were married on March 21, 1969[8] (her family could not attend the temple ceremony due to being non-Mormon, but attended another ceremony held for them[12]). Their first son was born in 1970[11] while both were undergraduates at Brigham Young,[13] living in a $75-a-month basement apartment.[14] When he graduated, the couple moved to Boston so that he could attend Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School; slowed down by parenthood, she later finished her undergraduate work by taking night courses at Harvard Extension School,[13] graduating in 1975[1] with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French language.[15]

A stay-at-home mom,[16] Romney raised the family's five boys (born between 1970 and 1981[11]) and taught early morning scripture classes to them and other children[16] while her husband pursued his career, first in business and then in politics.[17] Her personality as a political wife was viewed as superficial and a detriment to her husband's losing effort in the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts.[16]

[edit]Multiple sclerosis and riding

In 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[17] After a period of severe difficulty with the disease, a mixture of mainstream and alternative treatments has given her a lifestyle mostly without limitations;[1] she initially used corticosteroids but then dropped them and other medications due to counterproductive side effects.[16] She is a board member for the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,[15] and has been given the MS Society's Annual Hope Award.[10]

She is an avid equestrian, crediting her renewed involvement in it while in Utah for much of her recovery after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis[17][18] and for her continued ability to deal with the disease.[16] She has received recognition in dressage as an adult amateur at the national level,[16] including earning her 2006 Gold Medal[19] and 2005 Silver Medal at the Grand Prix level from the United States Dressage Federation.[15] She also sometimes competes in professional dressage events and has broken the 60% level at Grand Prix. Romney works with California trainer Jan Ebling,[20] who schools her and her horses in dressage and works with her importing new stock from Europe. The pair qualified for the Pan-Am games in 2004.

[edit]First Lady of Massachusetts and charitable work

In January 2003, following her husband's successful campaign in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, she became First Lady of Massachusetts, a position she held through January 2007. While Massachusetts First Lady, she was active in teenage pregnancy prevention efforts.[21]

She has been involved in a number of children's charities, including being director of the inner city-oriented Best Friends,[15] and was given the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Salt Lake City-based Operation Kids.[22] She has also served as Governor's Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives[15] and as a board member for the United Way of America.[15] The couple's primary residence has been in Belmont, Massachusetts,[15] but they also have homes in New Hampshire and Utah;[23] in May 2008 they purchased a house in La Jolla, California, near where she rides horses.[24]

[edit]2008 campaign

Ann Romney was an active campaigner in her husband's 2008 presidential campaign.[25] One past issue that arose involving her was her donation of $150 to Planned Parenthood in 1994.[26] By late 2007, she had become an integral part of his campaign, and was doing more trips and appearances on her own, despite the risk that added stress would aggravate her condition.[27]

Her political message was often mixed with discussions of her family, her recipes, or managing her affliction;[27][16] a ghost-written autobiography,[16] Faith in the Family, was also in the offing.[27] Romney's television advertisements in the early primary states prominently featured her.[28] By the close of 2007, she was the most visible of all the Republican candidates' wives in campaigning.[16] In May 2008, several months after the campaign ended unsuccessfully, she shared with her husband the Canterbury Medal from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, for "refus[ing] to compromise their principles and faith" during the campaign.[29]

[edit]Following the campaign

In late 2008, Romney was diagnosed with mammary ductal carcinoma in situ, and had the precancerous lump removed.[30] Her prognosis from this condition was excellent.[30] President-elect Barack Obama was among the well-wishers who called her.[31]

In June 2009, due to her husband's request, Ann Romney became the first spouse to be included in the official Massachusetts State House gubernatorial portrait.[32]

[edit]References

^ a b c Susan Page, "Ann Romney's delicate balance wins her admirers", USA Today, 2007-07-18. Accessed 2007-09-22.

^ Photo caption, Associated Press, 2007-03-05. Accessed 2007-09-22.

^ a b c d Ronald Kessler, "Ann Romney: Mitt Has Always Been Pro-Life", NewsMax.com, 2007-05-23. Accessed 2007-09-21.

^ a b c d e f g Neil Swidey and Michael Paulson, "The Making of Mitt Romney: Privilege, tragedy, and a young leader", The Boston Globe, 2007-06-24. Accessed 2007-09-22.

^ a b "Individual Record: Edward Roderick Davies (AFN: 9TQV-M5)". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2008-01-25.[unreliable source?]

^ "Individual Record: Lois Pottinger (AFN: 9TQV-NB)". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2008-01-25.

^ "Ann Romney: You Gotta Have Faith", ABC News, June 15, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007.

^ a b c d e "Mitt Talks About Ann", Excerpts from November 2006 speech. Mittromney.com. Accessed 2007-09-21.

^ a b ""From prankster to politician, Romney deemed a class act"". Boston Globe. 2005-06-12. Retrieved 2007-09-21.

^ a b "On the Road With Ann Romney", ABC News, 2007-02-14. Accessed 2007-09-21.

^ a b c Neil Swidey and Stephanie Ebbert, "The Making of Mitt Romney: Raising sons, rising expectations bring unexpected turns", The Boston Globe, 2007-06-27. Accessed 2007-09-22.

^ ""Romney’s Mormon Question"". Time. 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-12-11.

^ a b Jill Radsken, "Ann Romney on her choices, family, health and future", Boston Herald, 2002-12-08. Accessed 2007-09-21.

^ David Kirkpatrick (2007-11-15). "Romney, Searching and Earnest, Set His Path in ’60s". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-16.

^ a b c d e f g Ann Romney, official biography from MittRomney.com

^ a b c d e f g h i Jodi Kantor (2007-12-16). "The Stay-at-Home Woman Travels Well". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-16.

^ a b c "Ann Romney: From the Saddle to the Campaign Trail". ABC News. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-08-19.

^ Patricia Lasko, "Dressage Helps Romney Cope with Multiple Sclerosis", Dressage Today, May 2004. Accessed 2007-11-22.

^ "USDF Rider Awards List (Gold Medal)", United States Dressage Federation. Accessed 2007-11-22.

^ "Jan Ebling and Ann Romney's Liberte", DressageDaily.com. 2002-06-21.

^ Darlene Superville (2007-10-02). "Some Women Who Could Be First Lady". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-10-17.

^ "Operation Kids Presents Ann Romney with Lifetime Achievement Award", Operationkids.com, 2006-11-16. Accessed 2007-11-22.

^ Johnson, Glen (April 7, 2007). "Romney clarifies reports on hunting". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved July 26, 2009.

^ Glen Johnson (2008-05-24). "Former Mass. Gov. Romney buys home in California". The Mercury News. Associated Press (San Jose). Retrieved 2008-06-02.

^ "Ann Romney in South Carolina: A Family Affair", ABC News, 2007-07-18. Accessed 2007-11-22.

^ "Romney's Wife Gave Money to Planned Parenthood", ABC News, 2007-05-09

^ a b c Jennifer Liberto (2007-11-21). "Romney's key ingredient". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-12-01.

^ Jim Kuhnhenn (2007-11-19). "Adwatch: Romney highlights family in Iowa and NH ads". Boston Globe (Associated Press). Retrieved 2007-12-01.

^ Lisa Riley Roche (2008-05-10). "Romney honored for 'Defense of Religious Liberty'". Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Retrieved 2008-06-02.

^ a b Levenson, Michael (2008-12-06). "Ann Romney has surgery to remove precancerous lump". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-12-14.

^ "Romney: Obama called after wife fell ill recently". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2009-07-26.

^ Viser, Matt (2009-07-01). "Romney returns to the State House for a cameo role". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-07-26.

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Ann Romney's Timeline

1949
April 16, 1949
1969
March 21, 1969
Age 19