Today Ann Romney will take the podium at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, advocating for her husband, Mitt, and his plan for America. The potential first lady has been married to the presidential candidate for 43 years. To mark their romantic milestone back in March, Ann and the Romney campaign released a video called A Love Letter to Mitt. Ann recalls getting together with Mitt at her 16th birthday party, before he was soon off to France for his missionary work. Talking about the two years they spent apart, Ann says: "We have boxes and boxes of letters. They're very childish, but they're very sweet." The day Mitt returned, they got engaged. In the video Ann says both families thought they were too young to get married, but it seems to have worked out OK, considering they've lasted four decades and counting. Now that you know a little bit about Ann and Mitt's romance, here are some other things you should know about the woman who wants to be first lady.
As the first lady of Massachusetts, teen pregnancy prevention was one of Ann's main causes.
Ann, 63, has five kids and 18 grandchildren.
Ann's family identified as Episcopalian, however her father was opposed to organized religion. In 1966 while Ann was still in high school, Mitt's father, the former governor of Michigan, helped her convert to Mormonism. Her two brothers soon followed her.
Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. Mitt described the day of her diagnosis as the worst day of his life. But with a mix of mainstream and alternative treatment, she's maintained her lifestyle. She also says horseback riding helps her.
In 2008, Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy and has been cancer-free since.
Following attacks on contraception access and insensitive comments about "legitimate rape" and pregnancy, some American women have cooled off to Republicans. Ann is hoping to attract them to the Romney campaign, saying that she thinks women care about more than birth control and abortion. Ann has said, "And let me tell you something else that's happening: women are coming to me and saying, 'Will you please talk about deficit spending and budgets?'"
Perhaps inspired by Mitt's work in France, Ann got her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University's Extension School with a concentration in French.
During Mitt's 1994 run for Senate, Ann was criticized for saying she and Mitt never had a serious argument during their marriage. And recently she said she doesn't feel rich. Considering the Romneys are multimillionaires, and Mitt himself has made comments that make him look like an out-of-touch rich guy, that could be a political liability for the campaign.