Name: Natalie Tennant
Family: My husband Erik is a Navy Reservist who served in Afghanistan in 2011 and our Daughter Delaney is a beautiful 12-year-old who loves to dance.
What was your profession prior to getting into politics? In addition to serving as Secretary of State, my husband and I also run a small business in Charleston, so I understand the challenges business owners face. Before opening our business, I proudly told the stories of West Virginians as a TV news reporter in Clarksburg and Charleston.
What do you like to do for fun (if there were no restrictions on your activities)? Any chance I get, I grab Erik and Delaney we sneak off to see my dad at our family farm in Marion County. Whether we spend the day shooting with my brothers, picking apples, or just catching up with family - there is no better place to be than the farm.
What is the best piece of advice you ever got? I was proud to be the first woman to carry the muzzleloader as the WVU Mountaineer. But the fact is, I didn’t do it to be the first woman. I did it because I wanted to represent my school and my state. And I learned from that experience that when you do something for genuine reasons, you will have more success.
But, that doesn’t mean it was always easy. It’s hard to believe now, but having a female Mountaineer caused quite the controversy at the time. I was a 22-year-old kid and fans spat on me, threw cups at me and even told me to, “go back to the kitchen.”
When it got tough, my mom quoted some wise words from Clementine Paddleford that I will never forget: “Don’t grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.”
If you could have dinner with one person who is now deceased, who would that be? My mother.
If you would like to learn more about Natalie Tennant, please go to www.natalietennant.com where she shares some of her ideas for the future, and where you can share your ideas with her.