Second Lady of the United States

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Karen Pence, wife of Mike Pence, is the current Second Lady of the United States since January 20, 2017

The Second Lady of the United States is the wife of the Vice President of the United States. The name took shape as late-20th-century and early-21st-century vice presidential wives took on public policy roles that attracted a great deal of media attention. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee, was active in several campaigns to remove indecent material from popular American entertainment like movies, television shows and music, starting when her husband was a senator.

At this date, there are five living current or former Vice Presidents' wives:

List of spouses of the Vice Presidents[change | change source]

18th century[change | change source]

Abigail Adams was the first Vice President's wife of the United States, as well as the first to become First Lady

19th century[change | change source]

Letitia Christian Tyler was the first Vice Presidential consort to ascend to the post of First Lady through the death of a president

20th century[change | change source]

Pat Nixon was the Vice President's wife, accompanying her husband Richard on many foreign trips; she later became First Lady as well

21st century[change | change source]

Living former Second Ladies[change | change source]

As of April 2018, there are four living former Second Ladies.