Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff and former Republican National Committee Chairman, is married to Sally L. Sharrow. The couple have two children, Jack and Grace.
Although Priebus resigned from his position in the White House on July 28, he remains in the news because of his feud with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. On July 30, Arthur Schwartz, a friend of Scaramucci’s, took to Twitter and threatened to release gossip on Priebus. In one tweet, Schwarz appeared to accuse Priebus of cheating on his wife.
Schwartz later deleted his tweets and apologized. He said Priebus has accepted his apology.
Before Priebus’ surprisingly short tenure as White House Chief of Staff, he was the longest-serving RNC chairman, leading the party from 2011 until the beginning of the Trump administration. He also led the Wisconsin GOP from 2007 to 2011.
Here’s what you need to know about Priebus’ wife and his family.
1. Sally Is Priebus’ High School Sweetheart
The 45-year-old Pribus and the 43-year-old Sally have been married since 1999. However, they have known each other since high school. A Politico profile notes that the couple first met at an Illinois church when he was 18 and she was 16.
Priebus, who was born in Dover, New Jersey but grew up in Wisconsin, went to the University of Miami School of Law to earn his J.D. While there, he was “pining” for Sally, roommate Rudy Massa told the Miami Herald. At one point, Massa told Priebus, “Why don’t you just call her? Stop this nonsense!”
Priebus and Sally married a year after he graduated from the University of Miami.
2. They Have 2 Kids, Son Jack & Daughter Grace
Priebus and Sally have two children, son Jack and daughter Grace. During the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Jack made a name for himself during a hallway interview with Fox News.
In that interview, a seven-year-old Jack said he will “definitely” become the President and wants to run as a Republican.
Jack is now 12. Grace is six years old.
3. Their First Date Was a Lincoln Day Dinner
Their first date was a nerdy experience, as even Priebus has had to admit.
“I grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and dated Sally, my now wife, in high school. Actually, our first date was a Lincoln Day Dinner,” Priebus said in 2011. “I know. Nerd alert… But we went to a movie after that.”
Lincoln Day dinners are events held by state and local Republican parties as fundraising events. During the dinner Priebus and his future wife went to, Reps. Henry J. Hyde of Illinois and James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. of Wisconsin spoke. During his tenure as RNC chairman, Priebus was often a keynote speaker at similar events.
4. Sally & Priebus Put Their Wisconsin House Up for Sale for $300,000 in May
Priebus clearly thought he would be spending more time in Washington D.C., since the couple put their Kenosha, Wisconsin family home up for sale in May. Realtor.com reported that Priebus and Sally were asking for $300,000 for their Cape Cod-style home.
The home is still listed and was built in 1997. It was last sold in 2003 for $262,900. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and covers 2,900 square feet.
In March, The Washington Business Journal reported that the couple bought a $1.25 million estate in Alexandria, Virginia. That house has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. The property covers three acres.
5. Priebus & Sally Attend St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Priebus and Sally are raising their children in the Greek Orthodox church. As the Greek Reporter notes, the family regularly attends mass at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington D.C.
On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, Priebus picked up an award from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Archbishop of America Demetrios, Greek Reporter noted.
“The Greek community, the Orthodox community, starting with the Archdiocese, Father Alex, the Patriarchate Archons, my good friend, my uncle and second father John Catsimatides who put me under his wings and said ‘yes’ every time I called him on the phone,” Priebus said in his acceptance speech. “This group of people in this room are family. You helped save the Republican Party. All of us here in this room are not here by chance but because God brought us together in this room. Nothing happens if it is not God’s will. Now we must take the opportunity that God has given us to achieve the goals of the new president to make this country great again.”