RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Once Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is inaugurated on Saturday, Virginia will have a new First Family, including First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the couple's five children.
Dorothy McAuliffe is reported to be media shy. Our three requests for an interview were declined. But we did some digging and found information to help you get to know her and their five children.
Long before she was Virginia's future First Lady, Dorothy Swann was 16 when her father, Richard Swann, was the Campaign Finance Chairman in Florida for President Carter's 1980 re-election campaign.
Terry McAuliffe, six years older than her, wrote in his autobiography that he was working on the campaign in Florida and stayed at the Swann home in Orlando. Dorothy's mother predicted they would one day marry.
They dated while Dorothy attended Catholic University and Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. and married in 1988.
In a 2009 television campaign spot, Dorothy McAuliffe says, "Terry and I decided to move to Virginia 20 years ago as a young couple with a baby. We knew Virginia would be a great place to raise our family."
The McAuliffe's have five children. Dori is 22, a senior at Colby College in Maine. Jack, 20, is in the Naval Academy. Mary is 19 and studies at Wake Forest University. 14-year-old Sally and 11-year-old Peter are students at Potomac School where the family lives in McLean.
Dorothy and Terry McAuliffe just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Her Twitter page says that she's interested in increasing families' access to healthy foods from local farms. She's an Emeritus Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and supports the organization Knock Out Abuse Against Women.
Mrs. McAuliffe is expected to stay at their home in McLean until Sally and Peter finish the school year and then they'll move into the Executive Mansion this summer.