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Who Is Ben Carson's Wife? Details About Candy Carson

Most of us remember Ben Carson from his failed 2016 presidential campaign. However, the former neurosurgeon can now add 2020 Republican National Convention speaker to his resume, as he is set to speak to show his support for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on the third night of the RNC.

Since 2017, he’s served as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration. Before becoming involved in politics, he was a neurosurgeon and author of multiple books and over 100 neurosurgical publications.

From 1984 to 2013, when he retired, he was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s performed “the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head,” pioneered “the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb,” and performed “the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins.” He was the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country.

He’s been widely criticized for his lack of experience in his position, with housing advocates claiming he was “one the most hostile critics of HUD's role in enforcing anti-discrimination laws.” And under a federal budget proposed by the president in 2017, in which HUD’s budget for 2018 would be cut by $6.2 billion, he supported the cuts.

But what do we know about his personal life?

Who is Ben Carson's wife, Candy Carson?

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Who is Candy Carson?


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Where did Ben Carson's wife go to school?

Candy attended Yale University, and then received her MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

How did Ben Carson and Candy Carson meet?

The two met in 1971 while both attending Yale.

When did Ben Carson and Candy Carson get married?

The couple wed in 1975, living in Howard County, Maryland before moving to West Friendship, Maryland in 2001, where they purchased a property of 48 acres.


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Who are Ben Carson and Candy Carson's children?

The Carsons are parents to three sons: Rhoeyce, Benjamin Jr., and Murray, and have several grandchildren.

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What does Candy Carson do?

Candy has co-authored four books with her husband, one of which made the New York Times bestseller list! She also released a memoir in early 2016.

Candy is a former concert violinist who was a conductor for the University of Maryland Medical Center Chamber Players. During her husband’s bid for president in 2016, she performed the National Anthem during the campaign kick-off.

In addition to being an author and musician, she’s worked in real estate, trust administration and insurance.

What is the Carson Scholars Fund?

In 1994, the couple created the Carson Scholars Fund, which is “designed to provide scholarships to students in grades 4–11 for academic excellence and humanitarian qualities.” They started the foundation after reading that American students ranked second to last in math and science out of 22 countries.

Are Ben Carson and Candy Carson religious?

The family belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. And due to her religious beliefs, Candy is also a vegetarian.

What did Candy Carson do that was so controversial?

For office redecoration, Candy reportedly pressured her husband’s staff to spend over $31,000 on a dining set for his office. Helen Foster, a HUD official, filed a complaint saying she was demoted after refusing to spend more than $5,000, the legal limit for office redecoration.

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