Billionaire investor and philanthropist J.B. Pritzker is running for Illinois Governor in 2018. His wife, M.K. Muenster Pritzker, started her career in politics and is his biggest supporter.
Here’s everything you need to know:
1. She Grew Up in South Dakota and is Close With her Family
Mary Kathryn Muenster was born in South Dakota in 1967 to Theodore and Karen Muenster. She has an older brother Tom and a younger brother Ted, and was close with her grandma.
“She was the most amazing person who taught me how to knit and farm and the importance of giving. I fed the pigs every morning. My grandparents weren’t well off. But it was the best time. She was the church secretary at the First Christian Church in Beatrice, Nebraska, and she would collect the donations,” she said to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Muenster attended the University of Nebraska, and interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she met Pritzker.
2. She Met her Husband on a Blind Date, Where They Bonded Over Their Names
To my best friend and my partner for life, MK: Happy birthday! Each year that passes, I love you even more. 🎁🍰🎉 pic.twitter.com/0h6dopLhkS
— JB Pritzker (@JBPritzker) May 25, 2017
M.K. Muenster and J.B. Pritzker met on a blind date in Washington, D.C. Muenster was working for
South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, and Pritzker was working for Illinois Senator Alan Dixon. A mutual friend set them up on a lunch date at a place called the American Cafe, and Pritzker forgot his wallet.
“While we were looking at the menu, I realized my wallet was in my car four blocks away! So I excused myself — and I SPRINTED four blocks wearing a blazer and tie! I returned 10 minutes later. I thought it was over,” he told the Sun-Times.
M.K said she wondered why he was sweating so heavily when he returned. She ordered a chicken sandwich, and Pritzker told the Sun Times it cost $4.80.
The couple was married in 1993. They call themselves by their initials, and friends have joked that they should call their kids ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C,’ according to the Chicago Tribune.
Pritzker said the fact that they both went by their initials was a sign that their love was “written in the stars.”
3. She Grew Up With Parents Involved in Local Politics
Yes! Honored to be in attendance at tonight’s NBC Chicago Illinois Governor’s debate with our future First Lady MK Pritzker and future Lt. Governor @JulianaforLG in support of our next Governor @JBPritzker. Go JB!!! #ILDemForum pic.twitter.com/B6G6IlAUVA
— Susana A. Mendoza (@susanamendoza10) January 23, 2018
Muenster’s mother Karen Muenster was a South Dakota state senator from 1987 to 1993.
Her father, Ted Muenster, was chief of staff for South Dakota Governor Richard Kneip.
He then ran for the United States Senate in 1990, but lost to Larry Pressler.
“I was pleased but not surprised by my 1990 …read more