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Power Couples: 4 inspiring political relationships and what to learn from them

Our history is sprinkled with political power couples.

In addition to policy, laws, and legislations, Washington DC has produced some of our nation’s most iconic couples. We’re leaning on that legacy and sharing love lessons we can all learn from.

Boyd Matheson is the host of “Inside Sources” on KSL NewsRadio, and shares some of his most inspiring political power couples.


4 Political Power Couples


Let’s start way back. John and Abigail Adams

These two were often apart but deeply connected. The exchanged of 1,100 letters over the course of their lives together. Handwritten notes are powerful. Much of what we know of the Continental Congress and the early days of America came from their correspondence.

Elenore and Franklin Roosevelt

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In this couple, both had strong personalities, deep convictions, and a desire to speak out.

They were most powerful because they recognized their partner’s voice and were comfortable sharing the spotlight or having the other lead out. Most people forget that it was Elenore Roosevelt who first addressed the nation following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. (I think she gave the better speech of the two on that occasion. And the president was comfortable with his spouse having a radio show and leading out.)

James Carville and Mary Matalin

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These two are the ultimate odd-couple. Mary is a longtime Republican strategist and James a longtime Democratic strategist. Boyd says, “I don’t know that there is a political issue they would ever see the same way. They both have played at the highest level of presidential politics. They love to go back and forth on issues, saying it makes them think better.” They have also learned that “leaving work at the office” to focus on each other is a great way to live.


Rep. Mia Love and Jason Love

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I have watched this duo support each other for a number of years. They are really amazing and whether it is Mia creating space for Jason to do what he does best in his work and career or Jason rearranging things so Mia could serve in government and raise her voice – they are so all in.

The morning Mia was sworn in as the first Black Republican Woman in Congress they went for a run on the national mall – together – side-by-side as always. It was symbolic of how they got there and what they would continue do in the years ahead. For the Loves isn’t about a division of labor or being a supportive spouse – it is way beyond that – it is all in.

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