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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is finally tying the knot with longtime fiancé Manuel Cordova.
The governor and Cordova will get married May 21 in Washington, D.C., with Vice President Kamala Harris set to officiate the ceremony, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.
The couple will then hold a celebration for family and friends in New Mexico in late May.
Lujan Grisham, 62, who has two adult children, was previously married but her husband, Gregory Grisham, died of an aneurysm while jogging in 2004.
She and Cordova met through mutual friends and have been together since 2012 but had to delay a planned wedding ceremony last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the governor.
“We’re delighted to celebrate our wedding in front of family and close friends,” the couple said in a joint statement. “Like so many New Mexicans, we’ve postponed family celebrations over the past two years during this pandemic. We feel fortunate to be with our loved ones in celebration of our marriage.”
Cordova grew up in a rural community south of Albuquerque, according to The Associated Press. He owns an auto repair shop and was at the governor’s side when she was inaugurated as governor in January 2019.
Lujan Grisham is seeking reelection this year to a second four-year term. She plans to keep her current last name – or two last names to be specific – after getting married, Leopold said.