Chris Matthews’ Wife Is Running For Rep. Van Hollen’s House Seat

March 5, 2015 9:49 a.m.

Less than 24 hours after Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced his candidacy for outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) Senate seat, there’s already a Democrat running to take Van Hollen’s House seat: Marriott International executive vice president Kathleen Matthews.

The news that Matthews—who is married to MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews—is running was first announced in Politico’s Playbook on Thursday. Before joining Marriott, Matthews was an anchor for local television station WJLA ABC7.

She’s been hinting at plans to run for office for a while now and has been outspoken on gay rights and sustainability, according to Playbook.

Van Hollen’s 8th Congressional House District has gone for President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the last two presidential elections. It’s unlikely Democrats will lose control of the District.

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