Who is Andrew Gillum's wife R. Jai Gillum and how many children do they have?

Here’s what we know about her and their children.

Who is the Tallahassee mayor's wife?

R. Jai Howard is Andrew Gillum's wife and the couple have been together since college.

She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has lived in Tallahassee for more than 17 years.

She has a degree in biology and has worked in banking in Dallas, Texas.

She initially wanted to go into dentistry but then decided she wanted to attend grad school to study something in the public health or public policy arena.

R. Jai has worked on her husband's campaign hosting a “Women for Andrew Gillum” event.

What else do we know about her?

According to Tallahassee Magazine, R. Jai Gillum is an executive director of United Way of the Big Bend’s The BEST Project.

It is described as a project that “helps people achieve long-term financial stability and quality of life through services such as tax preparation help.”

She is one year older than her husband and it is claimed that when he proposed, he asked her to be his “life partner” rather than his “wife”.

The couple met while participating in student government at Florida A&M, although they did not date for several more years.

Speaking to Tallahassee Magazine, Andrew Gillum revealed that he first flirted with her by penalising her for wearing a “short skirt” to student government, but she wasn’t pleased by that.

They reportedly met again in 2003, and Gillum gave her his home phone number, which R. Jai Gillum promptly ignored.

She said: “I didn’t think he was serious. He was wearing both of his cell phones, and then he gave me his home phone number.

“I said, ‘Anyone with two cell phones is never at home’.”

How many children do the Gillum's have?

Andrew and R. Jai have three children.

The couple had twins named Caroline and Jackson in 2014.

They announced the birth of son Davis Allen Gillum in May 2017.

What do the couple say about each other?

R. Jai has regularly described her husband as a “great dad and a great dancer”.

In turn, Gillum has described his wife as “the epitome of grace, really in all ways”.

He added: “I think she cares deeply about not only our family, but she cares deeply about any causes she’s ever been involved with.”

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