Second Lady of the United States: Wikis


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Second Lady of the
United States
Jill Biden

since January 20, 2009
Style Dr. Biden
Residence Number One Observatory Circle
Inaugural holder Abigail Adams
Formation April 20, 1789
Website Jill Biden

The visibility in the public sphere of the Second Lady of the United States (The Wife of the Vice President of the United States) has been a recent development, as late 20th century and early 21st century vice presidential wives increasingly took on public policy roles that attracted a great deal of media attention. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee, was active in several campaigns to remove indecent material from popular American entertainment like movies, television shows and music, starting when her husband was a senator. She challenged performers over their use of obscene lyrics and often debated with her critics, such as Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra. Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney of Wyoming, championed education reform citing specific failures of the American public education system during her tenure as second lady. She is a particularly outspoken supporter of American history education, having written five bestselling books on this topic for children and their families.[1]

As of June 2009, there were nine living current or former Vice Presidents' wives:


List of Spouses of the Vice Presidents

Letitia Christian Tyler was the first Vice Presidential consort to ascend to the post of First Lady through the death of a president
Abigail Adams was the first Vice President's wife of the United States, as well as the first to become First Lady
Pat Nixon was the Vice President's wife, accompanying her husband Richard on many foreign trips; she later became First Lady as well
Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson Gore, commonly known as "Tipper", wife of Al Gore, earned a reputation as a crusader against indecent material in popular media
Lynne Cheney, wife of Dick Cheney, was an advocate for children's history education, and the author of several books on the subject.

18th Century

19th Century

20th Century

21st Century

See also


  1. ^ "Mrs. Lynne Cheney". The White House. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  

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