Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert files for divorce from husband of nearly 2 decades
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert confirmed that she filed for divorce from her husband Jayson.
Boebert said there were "irreconcilable differences" in their relationship.
The Colorado Republican has frequently been in the news since she won election to Congress in 2020.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a two-term Colorado Republican, who has garnered a national reputation as a far-right representative, has filed for divorce from her husband of two decades.
The Colorado Sun first reported that Boebert filed for the separation from her husband, Jayson, late last month. In a written statement to the publication, the congresswoman confirmed the news and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the dissolution of her marriage.
"It is with a heavy weight on my heart that I have filed for divorce from my husband. I am grateful for our years of marriage together and for our beautiful children, all of whom deserve privacy and love as we work through this process," Boebert said in a statement first obtained by the Sun. "I've always been faithful in my marriage, and I believe strongly in marriage, which makes this announcement that much more difficult."
According to an affidavit, when Jayson Boebert was served with the petition he became "extremely angry." The process server said Boebert identified himself before his demeanor noticeably changed when informed of the news.
"He started yelling and using profanities," the server wrote of what transpired.
Lauren Boebert issued a public defense of her husband on Wednesday, casting doubt on stories about the process server's account despite this report and others being based on the legal filing in question.
"The stories reported about the process server, and even Jayson running over a mailbox are a complete lie," Boebert wrote on Twitter. "Jayson doesn't sit around cleaning guns and he certainly doesn't drink beer out of a glass, just as much as he doesn't drink Bud Light."
The congresswoman is suing for parental-decision making power and child support for the couple's four sons, according to the filing. In her statement, Boebert said that she will not "discuss this matter any further in public" in deference to their kids.
The Republican previously announced that her oldest son, Tyler, is about to have a son, making her a 36-year-old grandmother.
"Now my son, when I approached him and told him, 'Tyler, I'm going to be a 36-year-old grandmother,' he said, 'Well, didn't you make Granny a 36-year-old granny?'" Boebert said, alluding to the fact that she and Jayson had Tyler when she was a teenager.
Boebert wrote extensively about her relationship with her husband in her book, "My American Life." The congresswoman claimed that her husband never exposed his penis in a bowling alley bar in 2004, despite serving jail time for public indecency and lewd exposure.
Once closely aligned with fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Boebert has repeatedly been in the news during her short time in Congress. Boebert heckled President Joe Biden during a State of the Union address, joined with other conservatives in forcing a dayslong standoff in House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's election to the top role, and narrowly survived an unexpectedly close re-election fight last November.
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