News Update:01/10/11: Although Tom Delay was sentenced to three years in prison for his conspiracy conviction, Delay is still free pending his appeal. Delay was also sentenced to five years on the money laundering charge, but will serve ten years of probation instead.
11/24/10: Tom DeLay was found guilty of money-laundering by a Texas jury.
10/26/10: After many appeals, jury selection started in the money laundering trial of Tom DeLay.
6/09/06: On leaving Congress, Tom DeLay lived in their Virginia condominium and made it their primary residence while Christine remained in Sugar Land to work with Rio Bend and foster care children.
Christine Ann Furrh's birthdate continues to be a mystery.
How Tom and Christine Met:Tom and Christine met at Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, when she was a cheerleader and rode horses in the school rodeo.
Source: "Thomas DeLay." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2005. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2005.
She married Steve Jack Ferro on July 11, 1998 at Bethany Christian Church in Houston, Texas. Danielle was 26 and Steve was 29 at the time of their wedding.
Dani also operates her own Sugar Land-based lobbying concern, Coastal Consulting.
Education:Tom graduated from Corpus Christi's Calallen High School in 1965. In high school, Tom was involved in sports and politics. He attended Baylor University as a pre-med student but was asked to leave for behavior issues. Tom Delay graduated from the University of Houston in 1970 with a BS degree in Biology.
Christine graduated from Calallen High School. She was in basketball, track, volleyball, Student Council, and elected Ms. CHS. She graduated from Houston Baptist University.
Occupations:Tom was the owner of Albo Pest Control from 1973-1984; 1978-1984, Delay served in the Texas State House; 1984, Tom was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; Conservative Republican politican; 1994-2002, House Majority Whip; Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002-9/28/05.
Christine was a high school teacher and a volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. She works with the Delay Foundation for Kids.
Religion:In 1985, Tom became a born-again Christian. The DeLays attend the First Baptist Church of Sugar Land where DeLay teaches an adult-education class.
Hobbies:Tom loves golf.
Residence:After leaving Congress, Tom resided in their Virginia condo.
Christine stayed in their Mediterranean-style home in the Houston neighborhood known as Sugar Land. It overlooks the 12th hole of the Sweetwater Country Club.
Ethics Probe:6/09/06: Tom DeLay said his good-byes to Congress.
1/07/06: With Tom DeLay's announcement to give up his leadership role in the House, attention was directed towards his wife's nearly four-year, $115,000 project to create a list of favorite charities of members of Congress.
12/05/05: Tom, with his wife, Christine, at his side, learned that the conspiracy charges against him were dropped because the actions were not a crime when DeLay was first charged.
10/3/05: A different Texas grand jury indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on a new charge of money laundering.
9/28/05: Republican Tom Delay temporarily stepped down from his role as House Majority leader after being indicted by a Texas grand jury with a conspiracy to violate Texas campaign finance laws.
Tom Delay's wife and daughter were listed on the payroll of political organizations that he controlled.
The House ethics committee is investigating potentially improper travel trips made by DeLay. He had been admonished several times by the ethics committee.
Extended Family RelationshipsTom DeLay is estranged from his mother Maxine DeLay, his sister, Tena DeLay Neislar, and from his two brothers, Randy DeLay and Ray DeLay. Family members say they are not sure why Tom broke off contact with them after their father's death in 1988. Charlie Ray DeLay died on Dec. 14, 1988. Tom did not invite any of his family to his daughter's wedding.
Miscellaneous:Tom admits to having a drinking problem but he quit drinking when he realized that he had missed his daughter's childhood. He does drink wine now and then.
Quotes:Christine Delay on a Valentine's Gift: "Tom was serving in the Texas legislature in Austin, and I was staying home to run the business while they were in session. He called me while I was all alone feeling sorry for myself on Valentines Day and told me to look out the bedroom window. When I pulled back the curtain, there was a beautiful diamond-drop necklace. I was completely surprised. Its still my favorite.
Source: Washingtonian.com. 2005.
Tom Delay, on watching James Dobson's video on fatherhood: "It told me what a jerk I really was. I started crying because I had missed my daughter's whole childhood."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tom Delay, defending his decision to pay his wife and daughter more than $500,000 out of campaign funds, 9/2005: "My wife and daughter have a right, just like any other American, to be employed and be compensated. It is not unusual or illegal for lawmakers to put relatives on the campaign payrolls as long as they work for the money. DeLay said The New York Times' front-page story of his family amounted to a "seedy attempt ... to embarrass me."
Source: USA Today