Democratic state senator Mallory McMorrow’s impassioned floor speech on Tuesday has made international headlines. It has also been shared by prominent figures in American politics, including Hillary Clinton. Who is her husband Ray Wert, and what do we know about Mallory McMorrow’s life away from politics?
Meet Mallory McMorrow’s husband Ray Wert
McMorrow married Ray Wert in early June 2017 – they are approaching their fifth wedding anniversary.
They tied the knot in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market commercial district, according to a Facebook post by the Well Done Goods boutique on 2 June (see below).
Wert is the former head of Gawker’s content sales department at Gawker Media, the now defunct online media company that ran, among other sites, Deadpan, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Gawker.
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He also spent a period of time as the editor in chief of Gawker-owned automotive weblog Jalopnik, now run by Lalita Chemello.
As of June last year, he ran corporate communications for Cruise, a self-driving vehicle startup based in San Francisco.
How old is Mallory McMorrow, and does she have children?
Born 23 August 1986, McMorrow is currently 35 years old – she assumed office on 1 January 2019, at the age of 32.
She grew up Catholic. In her fiery speech on Tuesday, in which she rebutted claims made by Republican senator Lana Theis, she talked about her upbringing, her parents and her family’s role in their local parish.
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Her mother volunteered at a local soup kitchen; she credits her with instilling in her the idea that Christianity and faith are about “being part of a community”.
Mallory McMorrow and her husband Ray Wert have one child – a daughter, born just over a year ago, named Noa Riley Wert. Noa regularly features in McMorrow’s Instagram feed, along with the family dog, Detroit.
Where did she go to school?
Mallory earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the University of Notre Dame in 2008.
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After graduating, she worked in New York and Los Angeles, before settling in Michigan. She now lives in Royal Oak and represents Michigan’s 13th district.
Ray, meanwhile, attended Michigan State University.
He and his wife Mallory co-wrote an article for Crain’s Detroit Business in June 2021 about having a career and raising kids as a woman. Read it here.