Brett Kavanaugh received President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, but now that nomination has become hugely controversial. Three woman have come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford is testifying about her allegations today. Through it all, his family has stood by his side, even while his mother Martha was pulled into some of the rumors about Christine Ford. Now supporters have put together a GoFundMe to support his family. Here is what you need to know about Kavanaugh’s family, including his parents, his wife, and his children.
1. His Parents Are Everett Edward Kavanaugh Jr. & Martha Gamble Kavanaugh, & His Dad Was an Attorney Who Kept Calendars, Inspiring His Desire To Do the Same as a Teen
Brett Kavanaugh was born on February 12, 1965 in Washington, D.C., but he was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. His parents are Everett Edward Kavanaugh, Jr. and Martha Gamble (Murphy). Both of his parents attended his confirmation hearing for Circuit Judge in 2004. They also attended his swearing-in ceremony in 2006.
Public records indicate that his dad, Everett Kavanaugh Jr., is a retired attorney. His mother is also an attorney and a judge.
During Kavanaugh’s testimony about Christine Ford’s allegations, Kavanaugh got choked up when he talked about his dad. He said that he kept a calendar as a teen because his dad started keeping detailed calendars of his life in 1978.
2. Brett Kavanaugh’s Mother Was a Maryland Judge Who Had Ruled Favorably Toward Christine Blasey Ford’s Parents in a 1996 Foreclosure Case
From 1995 to 2001, Martha Gamble Kavanaugh was a Maryland Circuit Court Judge. She retired on June 2, 2001. Martha was also the Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County from 1978 to 1984. She was a member of the Spouse Abuse Commission in Montgomery County in 1982, and a member of the Character Committee on the Court of Appeals from 1990 to 1993.
When Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations surfaced, rumors began circulating that her allegations were some kind of payback for a role that Kavanaugh’s mother had played in her parents’ foreclosure. But as Snopes pointed out, this is inaccurate. Yes, Martha Kavanaugh did preside over some parts of Ralph and Paula Blasey’s foreclosure case in 1996. But she actually ruled in their favor, and they were able to keep their home. She granted a motion in 1997 to end foreclosure proceedings against the Blaseys, after they were able to refinance their mortgage. The Blaseys kept their home, and transferred ownership of the home into a family trust in 2014.
Martha got her bachelor’s from Trinity College and her law degree from Washington College of Law, The American University, in 1978.
3. His Wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, Was President George W. Bush’s Personal Secretary
Ashley Estes Kavanaugh worked for George W. Bush for a long time, even before she and Brett were married. They worked in the White House at the same time, from 2001 to 2005 while she was Bush’s personal secretary. But her time with Bush goes back even longer than that. From 1996 to 1999, while Bush was Governor of Texas, she was his personal assistant. She was also the personal assistant for the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign from 1996 to 2000. The Bushes even attended the Kavanaughs’ wedding in 2004.
Since the allegations by Ford came out, Ashley has received death threats, USA Today reported. She received threatening emails at work, where she’s the town manager. They included messages like “My condolences to you for being married to a rapist. Although you probably deserve it,” and “F*** YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that she received emails that read “May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell” and telling her to “put a bullet” in her husband.
She and her husband appeared together on a Fox News interview and she sat behind him while he testified about Ford’s accusations.
According to property records, the Kavanaughs own a home whose land value is worth more than $600,000, with an improvement value of nearly $300,000. In total, their property is worth more than $900,000. The home is a two-story house built originally in 1922.
4. Brett & Ashley Kavanaugh Have Two Children
Both daughters were seen at Brett’s confirmation hearings, and photographed by news media. Ashley was sitting with them.
During his testimony about Ford’s allegations, Kavanaugh said that his 10-year-old daughter suggested they pray for Ford.
5. A GoFundMe Has Raised More than $500,000 for His Family
Since Kavanaugh’s testimony about Ford, a GoFundMe has raised more than $500,000 for Ford’s family. The page was started by John Hawkins on September 24. The description for the page reads: “Like many decent people from both parties, I have been disgusted by the unsubstantiated 36 year old smears aimed at Brett Kavanaugh. We live in a country where innocent until proven guilty is supposed to mean something; yet Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation is being dragged through the mud while his family is facing non-stop death threats. This is a horrible way to treat a good man who has dedicated his life to public service. So many unethical people are giving unprovable 36 year old accusations the same weight as 6 FBI background checks, hundreds of hours of hearings and testimony under oath. It is disgraceful.
What I’d like to do is raise money for Brett Kavanaugh’s family to use for security or however they see fit. All of the money collected will go to Brett Kavanaugh’s family or alternately, if they refuse to accept it, to a charity of their choice. I have already reached out to a contact who should be able to put me in touch with Brett Kavanaugh’s family. If he can’t do it, I have plenty of other contacts who should be able to make it happen. I will update this page after I have talked with his family. I hope you will show your support for a good man who has been treated very, very badly.”
It’s unclear if the money will actually be able to be used by the Kavanaugh family, however. A staff member said that it will be awhile before they know, and Hawkins told her “the money would be here when they’re ready to decide how to handle it, which I assume will be after the vote.”