Alice Monteiro Cuccinelli, or Teiro as everyone calls her, is one busy woman.
The wife of republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, met her future husband while in Gonzaga High School. They went to the prom together but lost touch when they went their separate ways to college. Teiro attended James Madison University while Ken went to the University of Virginia. When Ken was approaching graduation, he decided to give her a call. Their romance came back to life, and they were married in October of 1991, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Ken’s brother Kevin was best man. Since their marriage, they’ve been blessed with seven children, five daughters and the youngest two who are boys. Their ages range from 19 to four.
Teiro homeschooled her children until sixth grade and from their, they attend parochial school. Their oldest daughter, Alie, is in her second year of college.
Teiro is the one who started Ken down the politician road. One day, she grew tired of hearing his criticisms of other politicians. “I complained about a particular Republican whose district we lived in,” Cuccinelli recalls.
“She said why don’t you run against him? It’s hard to make me speechless,” he admits, “but she pulled it off that particular day. And that’s kind of where the ball started rolling.”