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Second Ladies and Gentlemen of the United States

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Karen Pence, wife of Mike Pence, is the current Second Lady of the United States since January 20, 2017

The Second Lady of the United States is the wife of the Vice President of the United States. The name took shape as late-20th-century and early-21st-century vice presidential wives 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.

If the Vice President has a husband, he is called the Second Gentleman of the United States. Kamala Harris will become Vice President in 2021. Her husband, Douglas Emhoff, will be the first man to become Second Gentleman.[1]

At this date, there are five living current or former Vice Presidents' wives:

List of spouses of the Vice Presidents

18th century

Abigail Adams was the first Vice President's wife of the United States, as well as the first to become First Lady

19th century

Letitia Christian Tyler was the first Vice Presidential consort to ascend to the post of First Lady through the death of a president

20th century

Pat Nixon was the Vice President's wife, accompanying her husband Richard on many foreign trips; she later became First Lady as well

21st century

Douglas Emhoff, the husband of vice president-elect Kamala Harris, is set to become the first second gentleman when his wife is inaugurated on January 20, 2021.

Living former Second Ladies

As of April 2018, there are four living former Second Ladies.

  1. "Kamala Harris' husband will be the second gentleman. She'll still call him 'honey'" (in en).