Christine Todd Whitman Biography: Husband, Health, Age, Net Worth, Son, New Party, Daughter, Contact

Christine Todd Whitman Biography: Husband, Health, Age, Net Worth, Son, New Party, Daughter, Contact

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Biography

Christine Todd Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is a renowned American politician and author who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001. 

A member of the Republican Party, she was the first woman to be elected Governor of New Jersey. She was also the first female Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003.

Christine Todd Whitman was born in New York City and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She graduated from Princeton University in 1968 and earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1971. 

Christine Todd Whitman began her career working as a lawyer in private practice. She later served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from 1988 to 1992.

Christine Todd Whitman
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Christine Todd Whitman
Born: 26 September 1946 (age 76 years old)
Place of Birth: New York, New York, United States
New Party: Republican Party
Nationality: American
Height: N/A
Parents: Webster B. Todd, Eleanor Prentice Todd
Siblings: Webster Todd Jr, John Todd, Kate Todd
Husband • Spouse: John Whitman (m. 1974–2015)
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Kate Whitman, Taylor Whitman
Occupation: Politician • Author
Net Worth: $13 million

Early Life & Education

Christine Todd Whitman was born in New York City, United States, on the 26th of September in 1946. She is the daughter of businessmen Webster B. Todd and Eleanor Prentice Todd. Her parents were Republicans, and the Todds were wealthy and influential New Jersey political families.

Her mother’s family was among the first New Yorkers to relocate to what would become Far Hills, New Jersey, a favored suburb for rich, moderate Republicans.

Reeve Schley, her maternal grandpa, was a member of Yale’s Wolf’s Head Society and a vice president of Chase Bank. He was also the president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce for many years.

Christine Todd Whitman‘s father, Webster B. Todd, built a fortune as a construction contractor on projects such as the Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Webster B. Todd used his fortune to support Republican politicians and eventually became an advisor to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eleanor Prentice Todd, her mother, was a Republican national committeewoman and the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women president.

Christine Todd Whitman grew raised on her family’s farm in Oldwick, New Jersey, called Pontefract. She grew up on the farm, riding horses and fishing. Her brothers, Webster Todd Jr. and John Todd, are two of her three older brothers, while Kate Todd is her sister. Her parents were politically involved, taking Christine Todd Whitman to her first political convention in 1956 for Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s reelection.

Christine Todd Whitman‘s mother’s political involvement prompted a newspaper to predict that she would be a credible contender for governor. However, Eleanor Prentice Todd never ran for the government. She attended Far Hills Country Day School as a child before being sent to Foxcroft in Virginia for boarding school.

Christine Todd Whitman detested being so far away from home and transferred to the Chapin School in Manhattan after a year, allowing her to visit home on weekends.

She worked for Nelson Rockefeller‘s presidential campaign after graduating from Wheaton College with a bachelor of arts degree in government in 1968.

Personal Life

Christine Todd Whitman had her first date with John Whitman (1944-2015), an old acquaintance she met when a student at Chapin, at a Richard Nixon inaugural banquet in 1973. The next year, the couple married. John Whitman was a businessman, investment banker, and the grandson of New York Governor Charles Seymour Whitman in the early twentieth century.

John Whitman‘s primary house as governor was Pontefract, the family property where she was raised. Following her mother’s death in 1991, Whitman purchased the property.

Christine Todd Whitman has two children with her late husband: daughter Kate Whitman and son Taylor Whitman. Kate Whitman has followed in her mother’s footsteps into politics, including an unsuccessful run for the United States House of Representatives and serving as a legislative aide.

Kate Whitman was named executive director of her mother’s organization, the Republican Leadership Council, which promotes moderate Republicanism, in 2007. Whitman has seven children.

Christine Todd Whitman‘s interests have ranged from mountain biking to football to trap shooting. She also owned a Scottish Terrier named Coors, who is the mother of former President George W. Bush‘s dog, Barney.

Career

Christine Todd Whitman worked for Donald Rumsfeld‘s Office of Economic Opportunity during the Richard Nixon administration. She worked on aging issues for the Richard Nixon campaign and administration and went on a national outreach trip for the Republican National Committee. She was also the deputy director of the New York State Office in Washington.

John Whitman, her husband, had a position with Citicorp that necessitated the family to relocate to England for three years. Christine Todd Whitman stayed at home with the couple’s two children when the family moved to the United States, while she remained engaged in Somerset County Republican politics.

Christine Todd Whitman was appointed to the Somerset County College board of trustees (later renamed Raritan Valley Community College). She was elected to the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners for two years, serving as deputy director and board director.

Among her achievements was the building of a new county courthouse. She was president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities under Governor Thomas Kean from 1988 to 1990.

Christine Todd Whitman campaigned for the United States Senate against incumbent Bill Bradley in 1990 but lost in a tight election. Against the popular Bill Bradley, she was regarded as the underdog. She questioned the income tax hike proposed by then-governor James Florio during her campaign. Bill Bradley did not take a position on the matter.

Christine Todd Whitman was a founding member of the Committee for Responsible Government, a conservative advocacy group in the Republican Party. The CRG altered its pro-choice stance and rebranded itself to the Republican Leadership Council in 1997.

Net Worth

Christine Todd Whitman, a politician and an author, has an estimated net worth of $13 million. She has built her wealth through a successful political career and by writing best-selling books.

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