Ginger Luckey is a California-based financial analyst and fiancée of Florida U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz.
Gaetz, a 38-year-old member of the House Judiciary Committee, caused a stir on Twitter Wednesday night, December 30, when he proposed to his 26-year-old girlfriend. Fox News host and former judge Jeanine Pirro, who was in attendance, tweeted out a picture congratulating the couple.
The photo, shared around 8:30 p.m., shows Gaetz embracing his new fiancée with the caption: “Congressman @mattgaetz asked and Ginger said ‘yes.'”
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) December 31, 2020
The tweet has since amassed over 25,000 likes and invoked a mixed bag of responses, ranging from support to criticism.
Although Gaetz has said in the past that he likes to keep his private life private, Twitter users were quick to identify his future wife as Ginger Luckey — and notably, her relationship to American entrepreneur Palmer Luckey.
“Apparently, this is Ginger Luckey, who is the sister of right-wing donor and former Facebook executive Palmer Luckey,” one user wrote.
You weren’t wondering, but this is Palmer Luckey’s sister. https://t.co/ncaq6DxXb7
— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) December 31, 2020
— Joel Greenberg (@JoelGreenbergTC) December 31, 2020
Gaetz, who defines himself on his website as a “tireless defender of President Trump and his vision for the United States,” has earned a reputation in recent months as a polarizing figure. According to his official page, Gaetz was dubbed the “Trumpiest Congressman in Trump’s Washington” by GQ Magazine and “the Trumpiest Congressman” by The Rolling Stone — titles “he considers badges of honor.”
There are very few public photos of Luckey and the representative together, aside from this one Gaetz tweeted on December 10.
Got a pic w two cool Californians at the White House pic.twitter.com/MjJs2AVhES
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) December 11, 2020
Gaetz, who drew attention earlier in 2020 when he revealed he had adopted his ex-girlfriend’s 19-year-old brother, Nestor Galban, as his son, thanked Pirro on Twitter for the shout out, writing: “Thank you for sharing the moment with us Judge!”
Luckey has not commented on the engagement publicly on any of her social media platforms.
Here is what you need to know about Ginger Luckey, Matt Gaetz’s fiancée:
1. Luckey Is a Financial Analyst at Apeel, a Company Dedicated to Reducing ‘Food Waste’
Luckey has worked at Apeel, a California-based company dedicated to reducing food waste, for the last four years, her LinkedIn states. She has been in her current role, a financial analyst position described as “Analyst, Sales Operations & Enablement,” since June of this year.
According to Apeel’s website, the company “made it [our] mission to build a barrier that could be applied to fruits and vegetables using edible materials that could slow down the rate of spoilage.”
Luckey leads the “Sales Operations team supporting sales enablement, business analysis and tooling for the commercial team,” her LinkedIn reads.
She also manages “the processes of sales forecasting, deliver dashboards and reports to the Sales team, and report on team performance to company stakeholders,” the page continues.
2. Luckey Used to Be a Sailing Coach
Working with high school students, Luckey helped them “develop and enhance their racing skills in both the bay and open ocean waters,” her LinkedIn states.
The pages adds that she also “planned out and integrated daily workouts, on-the-water drills, practice races, as well as regatta coaching at local and national events.”
3. She Is the Sister of American Entrepreneur Palmer Luckey, the Founder of Oculus VR
According to a 2014 New York Post article, Ginger Luckey is the sibling of Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR and designer of Oculus Rift — a virtual reality head-mounted display that propelled the industry in 2012.
“[Palmer] Luckey was attracted to technology from an early age, his friends and family said,” The New York Post stated, writing:
Luckey’s sister Ginger recalls her brother showing kids how to make a clock out of a potato at the park. “He was always doing things like that,” she said. “He was king of the nerds,” she added jokingly.
Palmer Luckey sold his company to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, according to CNBC, and has since founded Anduril Industries, “a defense technology start-up that’s focusing on national security and artificial intelligence.”
In 2016, Forbes listed Palmer Luckey as #22 on America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40, citing his net worth as of December 12, 2016 as $730 million.
4. Luckey Attended the University of California, Santa Barbara
So on an ordinary night at the most beautiful place in the world, this just happened…
— Dr. Gina – RAV (@RealAmVoice) (@RealDrGina) December 31, 2020
From 2012 to 2016, Luckey pursued a bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, according to her LinkedIn.
She studied economics and accounting, and participated in the varsity sailing team, the page reads.
Luckey’s LinkedIn also indicates that she studied abroad in Italy and France.
5. Luckey Runs Several Social Media Accounts, Including a Popular Food Instagram
Luckey has a notable presence online and runs multiple social media accounts, including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Although some are more active than others, Luckey runs a food Instagram with the username @GingeEats. Boasting roughly 900 followers, the wife-to-be shares must-see restaurants located throughout Santa Barbara. She also highlights which restaurants are offering coronavirus-related dine-in services or to-go menus.
The page also features a section dedicated to Black-owned restaurants.