Ann Romney

Wife of Mitt Romney + First Lady of Massachusetts
Born Apr 16, 1949

Ann Lois Romney is the wife of American businessman and politician Mitt Romney, who is the Republican nominee in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. From 2003 to 2007 she was First Lady of Massachusetts while her husband served as governor of the state. She was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and attended the private Kingswood School there, where she dated Mitt Romney. She converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born Ann Lois Davies in Detroit on April 16, 1949, she was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by parents Edward Roderick Davies and Lois Davies. … Read More


1965 16 Years Old 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.
1966 17 Years Old 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 decided on her own to convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during 1966. … Read More
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She also spent a semester at the University of Grenoble in France during her freshman year and was there during the 1968 Winter Olympics. … Read More


1969 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She attended Brigham Young University (BYU), married Mitt Romney in 1969, and in 1975 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French.
1970 21 Years Old The couple's first son was born in 1970 while both were undergraduates at BYU (to where Mitt had transferred based upon her request). … Read More
1975 26 Years Old Ann Romney received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French language from BYU in 1975. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old Ann Romney ran for the position of town meeting representative in Belmont in 1977. … Read More


1994 45 Years Old It was partly due to her urging that her husband entered politics and ran in the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts against incumbent Democrat Ted Kennedy. … Read More
1997 48 Years Old During 1997, Ann Romney began experiencing severe numbness, fatigue, and other symptoms, and just before Thanksgiving in 1998, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. … Read More
1998 49 Years Old She initially experienced a period of severe difficulty with the disease, and later said: "I was very sick in 1998 when I was diagnosed. … Read More


…  She began volunteering for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay soon after that, and by 2002 was serving as one of that organization's board members. … Read More
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2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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.
As First Lady of Massachusetts, she served as the governor's liaison for federal faith-based initiatives. She was involved in a number of children's charities, including Operation Kids, and was an active participant in her husband's 2008 presidential run as well as the 2012 one. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old 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. … Read More
2011 62 Years Old By December 2011, Romney assumed an even more prominent role in the campaign, as she tried to offer a more rounded and compelling portrait of her husband while he fell behind Newt Gingrich for a stretch in polls. … Read More
In particular, she began appearing with him more often during February 2012 as he dueled with Rick Santorum during the Republican presidential primaries. … Read More
Following the election, Ann Romney received an offer to appear on the spring 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars, but although she was a fan of the show, she declined: "I would've loved to have done it, and I am turning 64, and I started thinking about it. … Read More
2014 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases was opened at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. … Read More
However, like her husband, she left open the slight possibility that things could change in this regard, and by January 2015 was reported by Romney advisors to be supporting the possibility as he seriously considered a third presidential bid. … Read More
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