Byron Donalds, a sophomore Republican congressman from Florida, emerged Wednesday as the latest spoiler nominee for House speaker by a group of hardline conservatives who have banded together to keep GOP leader Kevin McCarthy from winning the gavel.
With Byron Donalds emerging as the main Republican challenger to Kevin McCarthy, we take a closer look at his love life and learn more about his wife,name is now trending on Google searches.
Who is Erika Donalds?
Erika Donalds is the wife of American politician and businessman, Byron Lowell Donalds.
She is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Optima Foundation, a non-profit corporation that focuses on expanding access to high-quality, virtue-based classical education options for students and their families.
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She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University, as well as a master’sFlorida Atlantic University.
It is worth mentioning that she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Donalds served as controller and partner at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co., LLC (DGHM), a New York-based investment firm.
She was an active member of the Collier County Republican Executive Committee and the Republican Women’s Club of Naples.
Erika Donalds, served a term on the county school board from 2014 to 2018.
Since leaving the school board, Erika Donalds has scored a number of prominent appointments from top GOP officials in the state.
In 2017, she was selected to be a part of the Constitutional Revision Commission — which meets every 20 years to propose amendments to the state Constitution.
And in 2022, Erika Donalds was appointed by DeSantis to serve on the Florida Gulf Coast University board of trustees.
How many children do Erika and Byron Donalds have?
They have three sons together.
Donald and his wife Erika live in Naples, Fla. with their three sons, Damon, Darin and Mason.
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Who is Byron Donalds?
Mr. Donalds, 44, worked in finance before being elected to the Florida House in 2016 and then to the U.S. House in 2020.
He ran for Congress as a conservative ally of then-President Donald J. Trump, and was one of 147 Republicans who voted to reject the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Donalds was raised in Crown Heights by a single mother, who according to the bio on his congressional website, “dedicated her time [to] instilling in him that greatness requires sacrifice, which drives him as a devoted family man and United States Congressman.”
After graduating from Nazareth Regional High School in East Flatbush in 1996, Donalds had the first of two brushes with the law the following year when he was arrested and accused of distribution of marijuana. That charge was dismissed when Donalds agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program.
Donalds later enrolled at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, but was arrested again and accused of bribery in connection with a scheme to defraud a bank.