George Allen is running as the Republican candidate for Virginia senator. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 25 years. They have three children, Tyler, Forrest, and Brooke. Allen was raised in Virginia; her father was a professor, her mother was a docent at the James Monroe Home and Museum, Ash Lawn.
She met her husband when he was running in his initial successful election campaign for Virginia House of Delegates. She is his second wife. Throughout their marriage, she has raised her children and helped her husband’s career. She is very active in the current campaign, going across the state to urge voters to support him in his race. One of the venues that she is using most often is termed ‘Politics on the Porch’. In these events, she meets with about a dozen women supporters, discusses issues with them, and finds out what issues impact them the most.
Although she has actively campaigned for her husband throughout their marriage, she has little interest in running for public office herself. She said that George told her that politicians must have a sense of humor and a thick skin. She said that she is working on developing the thick skin part of it.