Wife of Supreme Court Justice nominee is from Abilene

    President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    The wife of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an Abilene native.

    Ashley Estes Kavanaugh graduated from Cooper High School in 1993.

    Her husband, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, was nominated by President Donald Trump on Monday to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    "My wife Ashley is a West Texan," Judge Kavanaugh said during his speech on Monday night. "She has been a great wife and an inspiring mom. I thank God every day for my family."

    Estes Kavanaugh graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1997 and was the personal secretary for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.

    Judge Kavanugh said that he first met Ashley at the White House in 2001.

    "Our first date was on September 10, 2001." Judge Kavanugh said. "The next morning, I was a few steps behind her when the Secret Service shouted at all of us to sprint out the front gates of the White House because there was an inbound plane. In the difficult weeks that followed, Ashley was a source of strength for President Bush and everyone in this building."

    The couple got married in 2004, with then-President George W. Bush and then-First Lady Laura Bush attending their wedding.

    “Sometimes, the wedding guests are more famous than the bride and groom,” said the author of a 'Weddings of the Rich and Famous' column published in the Washingtonian.

    Their wedding planner said that it was the only wedding that she planned where all of the guests were in their seats 15 minutes early.

    “There’s no lollygagging when Secret Service are holding machine guns outside of the church," said wedding planner Laura Weatherly.

    Estes Kavanaugh is the daughter of Dr. John Estes and Nancy Estes.

    "We're very proud, very excited. We hope he will be confirmed," John Estes told KTXS News.

    Estes Kavanaugh is currently the Town Manager of Section 5 of the Village of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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