Katuria D’Amato is the lovely and current wife of former NY Senator, Alfonse Marcello D’Amato –best known as Al D’Amato.
The couple whose marriage took place in 2004 has allegedly filed for divorce. Her husband, served as the United States Senator from New York from 1981 to 1999. D’Amato lost reelection to the Senate in 1998 but went on to found the influential lobbying firm Park Strategies –a political and business consulting firm.
Al D’Amato and his first wife, Penelope D’Amato wedded in 1960. Al and Penelope D’Amato separated in 1982 and following a 13-year separation, their divorce became final in 1995. They have four children together.
He married the former Katuria Elizabeth Smith on July 18, 2004. According to their wedding announcement, the ceremony was performed in Island Park, N.Y. by The Rev. John J. Tutone at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.
According to reports, Katuria D’Amato filed for divorce earlier this month in Manhattan.
Get to know her better in her top facts below.
#1 Katuria is originally from Washington.
Katuria D’Amato is the daughter of Joann J. Hicks and the late Warren W. Smith. Both of her parents worked at Boeing in Everett, Washington. She grew up in Marysville, Wash., outside Seattle –with two sisters.
#2 The couple initially didn’t want any children.
She said during an interview when asked about children: There won’t be any. “If Alfonse were younger, we would have children,” “But he doesn’t want to bring children into the world and then not be with them. And I agree.”
Since then, Katuria, has given birth to the couple’s two children, son, Alfonso Marcello D’Amato, born in 2008, and a daughter, Luciana Cioffari D’Amato, born in 2009.
#3 She is very bright
Katuria D’Amato graduated cum laude from the University of Washington and received a law degree from Seattle University, also cum laude. At the time of her nuptials, she was a clerk for Judge Loretta A. Preska of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. She is also an Airpower Museum Trustee.
#4 She fell for him on their first date
During interviews, Katuria D’Amato confessed how she ‘fell for him’ during their first date at the Manhattan restaurant Campagnola, where they lingered until 3 a.m.
#5 Katuria was escorted to the altar by her former boss
Saul Cohen, her former boss at Proskauer, who introduced the couple, walked her down the aisle.
#6 They wedded five years after they first met
During their five year courtship, the two enjoyed extensive travel – to Italy, St. Barts, to Australia for the Olympics, to Florida, etc.
#7 He popped the question while celebrating her birthday
During a birthday party celebration for Katuria, Al popped the question with a 4.2-carat diamond ring presented atop the cake.
The couple made headlines earlier this year after they were both kicked off separate flights, allegedly for arguing with the crew.