Marilyn Quayle

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Marilyn Quayle
Marilyn Quayle.jpg
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
Vice PresidentDan Quayle
Preceded byBarbara Bush
Succeeded byTipper Gore
Personal details
Marilyn Tucker

(1949-07-29) July 29, 1949 (age 73)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1972)
Children3, including Ben
EducationPurdue University, West Lafayette (BA)
Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD)

Marilyn Tucker Quayle (born July 29, 1949) is an American lawyer and novelist. She is the wife of the 44th vice president of the United States, Dan Quayle, and served as the second lady of the United States from 1989 until 1993.

Early life and education[edit]

Marilyn Tucker was born in the Meridian-Kessler area of Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mary Alice (née Craig, d. 1975) and Warren Samuel Tucker (d. 2004). The fourth of six children, she has three sisters (Nancy, Sally, and Janet) and two brothers (James and William). Her parents were both doctors. Her maternal grandfather was born in Maybole, Scotland.[1] She had a strict Christian upbringing.[2] The Tuckers were longtime admirers of Colonel Robert B. Thieme, Jr., the founder and former pastor of Berachah Church in Houston. Years later, when media attention focused on her family's religious beliefs, Marilyn Quayle said in an NBC interview: "I grew up with my mother listening to (Thieme's) tapes. ... I have never listened to him on social issues. I didn't even know that he espoused any."[3] She does defend his biblical teachings.[2]

She attended Broad Ripple High School and subsequently received a bachelor's degree in political science from Purdue University. While attending college, she served as a pompom girl and as treasurer of her freshman class.[4] She later attended law school at night and earned a J.D. at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. There, she met Dan Quayle, the son of a newspaper publisher. The two were assigned to work together on a draft version of Indiana's death penalty law. A courtship quickly developed, and they were married by their law school dean just a few weeks later, on November 18, 1972.[4] In 1974, they both passed the bar exam; she had given birth to their first child just a few days before the exam.[4][5]


Senator Dan Quayle (R-IN) and his wife Marilyn attend the launching ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp in 1984.
Marilyn Quayle with Raisa Gorbachev at a display of books and other items at the Library of Congress in 1990

Marilyn and Dan moved back to Huntington, Indiana and opened a joint law practice, Quayle and Quayle. She did most of the legal work; he worked for his father's newspaper and prepared to enter politics. In 1976, he was elected to Congress as a Republican, whereupon they suspended their law practice. In 1980, he was elected to the Senate.

Marilyn Quayle christens the USS Vincennes (CG-49) by breaking a bottle of champagne on its bow during a ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding
Vice President Dan Quayle and Second Lady Marilyn Quayle at Race for the Cure on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. in 1990.

In 1988, Dan was elected Vice President on George H. W. Bush's ticket. Throughout her husband's political career, Marilyn was "always her husband's closest and most candid advisor."[5] She campaigned independently during the presidential campaign. During the 1988 campaign, she was often portrayed in the press as smart, cold, and tough – the power behind her husband.[6][7] But as second lady, she played a mostly traditional role as hostess, while being an active and involved mother to their three young children.[8] She also worked for causes such as early diagnosis of breast cancer (her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 56).[6] With her sister Nancy, she also published a novel, Embrace the Serpent, a thriller about the wife of a vice president.[9]

During the 1992 presidential campaign, Marilyn was an active campaigner, delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention and spending more than 40 days on the campaign trail. In her speeches, she took a strong "family values" theme, and she was very popular with conservatives.[10] Ultimately, Bush and Quayle lost reelection that year, and the Quayles returned to Huntington, where she joined an Indianapolis law firm.[11] The couple later moved to Arizona, where the former Vice President had spent much of his formative years.

In 1996, Quayle narrated an advertisement for Indiana gubernatorial candidate Stephen Goldsmith. In 2010, she narrated an advertisement for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel.[12]

In 2011, she was reported to have phoned Arizona governor Jan Brewer about an Arizona redistricting plan that was detrimental to her son, Congressman Benjamin Quayle.[11]

Personal life[edit]

The Quayles live in Paradise Valley, Arizona. They have three children: two sons, Tucker, founder of an investment company called Tynwald Capital, and Benjamin, who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona's 3rd Congressional District from 2011 to 2013; and a daughter, Corinne.


  • Embrace The Serpent (1992) (ISBN 0-517-58822-6)
  • The Campaign: A Novel (1996) (ISBN 0-310-20231-0)
  • Moments that Matter (1999) (ISBN 0-8499-5529-7)


  1. ^ "Ben Quayle ancestry". Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Alessandra Stanley, "Marilyn Quayle: A New Second Lady", Time Magazine, January 23, 1989. Accessed January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "APn 10/05 1656 ELN-Quayle-Religion By EILEEN PUTMAN Associated Press Writer Omaha, Nebraska". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c Morrison, Patt (October 5, 1988). "Marilyn Quayle : Long Before Dan Quayle Joined the Ticket, She Was His Adviser; Some Say She Could Be the Candidate". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "J. Danforth Quayle, 44th Vice President (1989-1993)an Quayle". United States Senate. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Cawley, Janet (November 19, 1990). "That Wacky Marilyn Quayle". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Miller, Alan C. (August 19, 1992). "Marilyn Quayle Has Unconventional Style : Politics: Vice president's wife is considered intelligent, demanding and ambitious. Speech to delegates may give her a higher profile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  8. ^ McDaniel, Ann L. (July 1, 1990). "In Her Own Image: Marilyn Quayle's New Appeal". Newsweek. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Quayle, Marilyn T.; Northcott, Nancy T. (1992). Embrace the Serpent. Crown Publishers. ISBN 9780517588222.
  10. ^ Rohter, Larry (October 28, 1992). "The 1992 Campaign: Candidate's Wife; Unrepentant, Marilyn Quayle Fights for Family and Values". New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Celock, John (January 6, 2012). "Marilyn Quayle, Dan Quayle's Wife, Said to Have Called Jan Brewer About Arizona Redistricting". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "The mystery voice is… - Karen Handel for Governor". Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded byas Former Vice President Order of precedence of the United States
as Former Second Lady
Succeeded byas Former Vice President