Pete Hegseth is an American journalist who is the co-host of the Fox News Network show, Fox & Friends.
He has a military background, having worked as an American National Guard officer. He was the executive director of political advocacy groups such as Vets For Freedom and Concerned Veterans for America.
He had a good link with President Trump, whom he reportedly persuaded to pardon three American soldiers accused of war crimes related to the shooting of non-combatants in Iraq. During the Trump administration, he was considered to lead the US Department of Veteran Affairs, which was instead assigned to David Shulkin.
The 42-year-old is also an author who has written books such as In the Arena, American Crusade, and Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation.
Hegseth was born in Forest Lake, Minnesota, on June 6, 1980, and studied at Forest Lake Area Hugh School. He graduated in 2003 from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts.
After graduation, he joined the US Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a major by rank and has been awarded several medals such as Army Commendation Medal, National Defence Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Combat Infantry Badge.
Who Is Pete Hegseth’s Wife, Jennifer Rauchet?
American television host, Pete Hegseth’s wife is Jennifer Rauchet, a Fox executive producer.
Rauchet is Hegseth’s current wife, whom he married in August 2019. Following her marriage with the Fox & Friends co-host, she uses the name Jennifer Cunningham Hegseth.
Both Pete and his wife Jennifer have been married before and have kids with previous spouses. The former is the father of three children from his second wife, whereas, the latter is also the mother of three children from her previous marriage. Together they have one child, which makes them the parents of seven children in total.
The two wed in a secret ceremony at Donald Trump’s National Golf Club Colts Neck in New Jersey, in August 2019. At the wedding, Peter wore a plain suit, and Jennifer wore a bright beautiful gown, whereas their sons wore shirts and blue shorts, and their daughters wore pink dresses. Days before the actual ceremony, the couple and their seven children had rehearsals as well.
Hegseth’s married has not been far from controversy and scandal, as he and Rauchet became pregnant while he was still married to Samantha Deering, his second wife. This revelation drew criticism from viewers and peers, which led to the divorce of Peter and Samantha soon after Jennifer gave birth to their daughter.
After the birth of their Gwen in August 2017, Peter and Jennifer moved together and started a live-in relationship before marrying each other two years later.
Learn More About Jennifer Rauchet
Jennifer Rauchet was born in January 1980 to a businessman father and a housewife mother. She got a degree in journalism from Towson University in Maryland.
She started her journalism career as a producer at WPIX-TV in 2001, where she worked for five years before moving to Fox News in April 2006. Initially, she was the executive producer for the talk show, Fox & Friends, where her future husband Peter would co-host.
However, almost a decade after joining Fox News, Rauchet’s extramarital affair with Hegseth began to surface. To add to the controversy, she became pregnant with his child while he was married to his second wife, Samantha. This led to Fox moving Rauchet to another show, Watters World. Soon, she gave birth to Peter’s daughter Gwen, and the two started living together.
In July 2018, Rauchet was appointed the vice president of Fox Nation, a subscription video-on-demand service. The subscription services include documentary-style programs and original option-based talk shows featuring Fox News personalities.
Meet Pete Hegseth And Jennfier Rauchet’s Seven Children
Pete Hegseth and his wife Jennifer Rauchet are the parents of seven children; three born to Peter’s second wife, three from Jennifer’s previous marriage, and a daughter Gwen, whom they both parent.
The Fox & Friends host is the biological father of three children with his second wife Samantha; 12-year-old Gunner, 10-year-old Bonne, and 6-year-old Rex. Likewise, Jennifer and her previous husband are the biological parents of three children; 11-year-old Jackson, 9-year-old Kenzie, and 7-year-old Kenzie.
Despite being step-siblings and half-siblings, Peter and Jennifer’s seven children share a strong bond with each other, which is apparent from the pictures they share on the social networking platform Instagram. The Hegseth family is devout Christian.
The 42-year-old often takes his children to sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball. He also often takes them hiking and camping, such as the recent summer trail into the woods of Tennessee.
Peter’s first wife is Meredith Schwartz, with whom he did not have any children. The two married in 2004 and divorced in 2009. A year later, he married his second wife, Samantha Deering, the mother of his three children, whom he divorced in 2017.
He has a good following on social media, with 312K followers on Instagram, @peterhegseth, and 111K followers on Twitter, @PeterHegseth. Likewise, Jennifer has an Insta account, @jennycdot.