Who Is Lamar Alexander's Wife? New Details On Honey Alexander

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Since 2003, Lamar Alexander has served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee. But prior to winning his seat in the Senate, he was the Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, serving two terms, and was the U.S. Secretary of Education for two years in the 1990s under George H.W. Bush. He was also president of the University of Tennessee until he was appointed by Bush.

After succeeding Fred Thompson, a retiring Senator and a star on Law and Order, he served on multiple committees, including chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.


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Alexander is seen as a moderate Republican, and in 2009, was considered one of the most bipartisan members of the Senate. Still, he voted against President Obama’s health care reform bill in 2009, and was part of the 13 Senators who drafted the AHCA behind closed doors, much to the chagrin of other Senators and the American people.

He’s voted against bills to expand background checks for gun buyers, but seems to curtail the line when it comes to certain issues. In particular, he was a critic of the president’s executive order, known as the “Muslim ban,” calling it “inconsistent with our American character.”

But when he isn’t challenging the other Republicans in the Senate, what do we know about his personal life? Having a long career in politics certainly isn’t easy, so how does his family handle it? Specifically, just who is Lamar Alexander's wife? Here are 5 things to know about Honey Alexander.

1. The government brought them together.

The future spouses met during a softball game for Senate staff members!


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2. They’ve been married for 49 years.

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The two wed in 1969, meaning next year, in 2019, they will celebrate 50 years of marriage.

3. They have four children.

The couple are parents to four grown children: Drew, Leslee, Kathryn, and Will. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 kids.

4. She has dedicated her career to helping others.

She was chairwoman of Tennessee's Healthy Children Initiative, a member of the Southern Regional Task Force on Infant Mortality, Tennessee's Governor's Task Forces on Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Day Care, and was a member of the Secretary's Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She was also vice chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors, and was nominated by President Reagan for the position.

In addition, she’s served on committees and boards, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Family Service America, the Junior League of Nashville, the Dede Wallace Mental Health Center, the Ladies Hermitage Association, Vanderbilt University's Institute of Public Policy Studies and College of Nursing, and the University of Tennessee's College of Human Ecology.

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5. She had a non-profit headquarters named after her.

In 2017, it was announced that the Family & Children's Service’s new headquarters would be named after Honey, all thanks to her hard work over the years to improve the welfare of children and families.

“Honey Alexander has been a great advocate for families and children in the Nashville community for decades. We’ll take pride every day working in a building named for someone who has done so much for families in need,” said Michael McSurdy, CEO of FCS.


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango who focuses on writing trending news and entertainment pieces. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.