Patricia Blagojevich

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Patricia Blagojevich
First Lady of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
Preceded by Lura Lynn Ryan
Succeeded by none
Gov. Pat Quinn is divorced
Personal details
Born Patricia Mell
(1965-04-09) April 9, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Rod Blagojevich
Relations Deb (sister)
Richard (brother)
Children two daughters
Parents Richard Mell
Marge Mell

Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevich (born April 9, 1965), née Mell, was the First Lady of Illinois from January 2003 to January 2009. Her husband is former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office. She was a contestant on the NBC reality show I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here in June 2009.[1] She placed 4th in the competition.

Personal life[edit]

Blagojevich was born Patricia Mell, the daughter of Chicago alderman, Richard Mell. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[1][2] Her sister, Deb Mell was elected to the Illinois State House of Representatives in 2008. She is friends with ex-professional basketball player John Salley.

First Lady[edit]

As First Lady of Illinois, Blagojevich supported the illiteracy eradication initiatives and the Illinois Pediatric Vision Initiative.

In 2009 she was fired from a $100,000 a year fund raising job after controversy regarding alleged taped statements.[3] Blagojevich was also subpoenaed in February 2009 for documents related to her husband's political campaign and her work as a real estate agent.[1]

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here![edit]

In 2009, after her husband was removed as Governor of Illinois, Blagojevich appeared as a contestant on NBC reality show, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here.[1] She placed fourth on the show.

Trials[edit]

Blagojevich competed in 15 trials during the show, winning 4 of them.

Trial Number Date Name of Trial With Win/Lose Reward
1 30 May 2009 Bug Eating Challenge
(Team Food Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
Heidi Pratt
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Spencer Pratt
Torrie Wilson
Lose Pineapple and Chicken Dinner
2 1 June 2009 Trauma Tank
(Live Team Immunity Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
Janice Dickinson
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Lose Team Immunity
3 3 June 2009 Rocky Horror Trial
(Team Food Challenge)
Angela V. Shelton
Frances Callier
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Lose Pork Dinner
4 4 June 2009 On Your Knees
(Team Food Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Torrie Wilson
Lose Fruit and Mushroom Dinner
5 7 June 2009 Jungle Joe's All You Can Eat Buffet
(Leadership Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Lose Leadership
6 8 June 2009 Hang Tough
(Live Immunity Challenge)
Daniel Baldwin
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Lose Individual Immunity
7 9 June 2009 Lumberjack Stars
(Luxury Challenge)
John Salley
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Win Fitness Equipment, Granola Bars, and Smoothies
8 15 June 2009 Walk the Plank
(Luxury Challenge)
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Torrie Wilson
Win Massage
9 15 June 2009 Scavenger Hunt
(Luxury Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Win Smores
10 15 June 2009 Camp Quiz
(Leadership Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Lose Leadership
11 16 June 2009 Up In Arms
(Live Immunity Trial)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
Lose Individual Immunity
12 17 June 2009 Spider Web
(Team Food Challenge)
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Stephen Baldwin
Lose Chinese Take-A-Way
13 18 June 2009 The Mud Pit
(Individual Food Challenge)
John Salley
Janice Dickinson
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Stephen Baldwin
Torrie Wilson
Win Pizza Dinner
14 22 June 2009 Head of Horrors
(Individual Food Challenge)
Holly Montag
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
Lose Cheeseburger, Fries and Onion Rings
15 23 June 2009 Catch A Crawling Star
(Individual Food Challenge)
John Salley
Lou Diamond Phillips
Sanjaya Malakar
Torrie Wilson
Lose Salad
Key
     The contestants decided who did which trial.
     The trial was compulsory.
     The trial was compulsory and the celebrities competed as a team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Saulney, Susan (2009-06-05). "A Blagojevich Tries Reality TV". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Governor Spouse's Information, Illinois, Patricia Blagojevich". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Patricia Blagojevich fired from fundraising job." Chicago Tribune. Thursday January 22, 2009. Retrieved on January 22, 2009.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lura Lynn Ryan
First Lady of Illinois
2003–2009
Succeeded by
N/A