If you haven't already heard, underdog Alabama Democrat Doug Jones landed a political victory yesterday, winning the Alabama Senate race against the Republican candidate Roy Moore. But Jones holds December 12 near and dear for another celebratory reason that certainly shouldn't be overlooked, even in the wake of political triumph. The date is also his wedding anniversary!
Yep, that's right—on top of defying the odds and winning the Senate election, 63-year-old Doug Jones also got to ring in his anniversary with his wife, Louise. And, it's a significant one. The couple has been married for 25 years, meaning they got to celebrate the notorious silver anniversary. Spending a quarter of a century married to your partner definitely falls on the same caliber as winning a major election, if you ask us.
Jones ensured this monumental marriage milestone wasn't overshadowed as he thanked Louise in his Senate acceptance speech. "December 12 has always been a historic day for the Jones family," he said. "This is, as you know, mine and Louise’s 25th wedding anniversary. I couldn’t have done this without her. The love, the support, the encouragement." Because, as the saying sort of goes, behind every great political man, there's an even greater woman!
"We have shown the country the way that we can be unified," he also noted in his post-election speech.
The former U.S. attorney added that when he had trailed behind in the polls, his wife "kicked him the rear end." Well, looks like it must have worked!
The "Meet Doug" section of his campaign website even payed homage to his wife during the election, making note of their anniversary date and his value on family. "My partner in this race and life is my wife Louise," he added on the webpage. The couple has three children, Courtney, Carson, and Oliver, as well as two grandchildren.
Because Alabama is a red state, Jones's Republican opponent was originally slated to win the election. However, several (nine, to be exact) women accused Moore of sexual harassment, which is probably safe to say most likely thwarted the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court's shot at victory.
As a result, Jones won by over 20,000 votes, most of which were write-ins. But, no matter the result of the race, Jones would have still been #winning on December 12 by getting to celebrate with his special lady. And luckily for the new Attorney General, he won big twice that day.
Jones will officially take office later this month. In the meantime, he owes his wife an anniversary celebration for the books (and a night off from politics, for her sake)—perhaps with "Mr. Jones" playing in the background?