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Trudy Busch Valentine Husband John Fries Age Gap and Family Life

Trudy Busch Valentine With Husband John Fries

Trudy Busch Valentine is currently headlining for running for the U.S. Senate as a fourth-generation Missourian. She stands by Democratic ideologies and has always backed Democratic politicians, including hosting a fundraiser for former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton at her Grant Farm in 2016. According to the news source, even Scott Sifton, a former senator who dropped out of the race, is endorsing Valentine's campaign.

Since the news of Valentine's entry into politics has spread, people have been interested in learning more about her family, particularly her relationship with her husband, John Fries. She tied knots with John Fries after losing her late ex-husband John Dee Valentine to cancer.

Here, in this article, let us run through the life events of the U.S. Missouri Senate candidate Trudy Busch Valentine.

What Happened To Trudy Busch Valentine's Husband, John Fries?

Both Trudy Busch Valentine and John Fries are in a second marital relationship with one another. Moreover, they both share the common grief of losing their late ex-spouses. 

Valentine and Fries are both in their sixties. Valentine was born on 1 June 1957, making her 64 years old as of 2022, and Fries was born on 18 April 1953, making him 68 years old as of 2022. The couple shares just four years of age gap with each other.

John Dee Valentine, Valentine's late spouse, was her former husband. She shared six children with her late husband: late Matthew  Valentine, Blake Randolph Valentine, Captain August Busch Valentine, Christina Valentine, John Dee Valentine, and Stephen Peter Valentine. Trudy lost her elder son Matthew in 2020 to a road accident.

Trudy Busch Valentine Closeup Shot
Trudy Busch Valentine Closeup Shot( Source : nypost )

Valentine was single for 13 years after John died from cancer in 2002. She, however, met her current husband, John Fries, in 2015, and although it is unclear exactly when they got married, it happened. It was also a second marriage for John Fries. He was previously wed to his late wife Janis O Fries, who passed away on 21 March 2014. Fries has two children, John Fries III and Julie Forrest, from his previous marriage. 

Besides losing their ex-spouses, both have also lost their parents. While John's mother passed away in 1998 and his father in 2014, Trudy lost her father in 1989 and her mother in 2016 

As of the present, Valentine and Fries run a Missouri ranch together.

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More About Trudy Busch Valentine

Trudy is a candidate for the 2022 U.S. Senate election. Nonetheless, stepping into politics was not what she planned from the beginning. She is a nurse by profession and has a good career experience in the discipline.

It was in 1980 that Valentine graduated with a nursing degree from Saint Louis University. She has her personal emotions attached to choosing the nursing profession. Valentine was determined to become a nurse after witnessing the death of her 8-year-old sister in a car accident while receiving medical care. She was inspired to become a nurse by the professionalism and compassion she saw in hospital nurses. 

After receiving her degree, she spent three years caring for disadvantaged and homeless children at the Salvation Army Residence for Children in St. Louis. Moments of extreme loss throughout Valentine's life inspired her to pursue new endeavors, such as obtaining a theology degree and working as a volunteer hospice nurse when her spouse passed away from cancer in 2002.

US Senate Candidate Trudy Busch Valentine
US Senate Candidate Trudy Busch Valentine( Source : jacobin )

Additionally, as her son died of an opioid overdose in 2020, Valentine was busy doing all she could to stem the opioid crisis and provide access to high-quality healthcare. For it and many other reasons,  Valentine joined the field of 11 candidates vying for the Democratic Party's nomination to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt in the Senate race in March. 

Valentine has never served in public office before, unlike the other Democratic contenders. However, she is running for this year's U.S. Senate election.

What Is The Net Worth Of Trudy Busch Valentine?

Gossip Next Door claims that Valentine ought to have a net worth of more than $250 million. She earns money from both her job as a nurse and from the Missouri farm she owns. 

Since 1990, Valentine has served on the School of Nursing Executive Advisory Board and the Women's Council at St. Louis University. She also served as the chairperson of the Nursing Executive Advisory Board from 2006 until 2015. In addition, Valentine gave the University $4 million when she was chosen to serve on the organization's board of trustees in 2017.

Furthermore, Valentine is a philanthropist and conservationist who has maintained her family's ownership of Grant's Farm, where they raise horses, cattle, and bison. With all her work, having a net worth of $250 million seems reasonable.