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Lee Hart, Wife of Ex-Senator Gary Hart, Dies at 85

“I love my husband very much,” she stated throughout a marketing campaign look in New Hampshire. “I know Gary better than anyone else, and when Gary says nothing happened, nothing happened.’’

After dropping out of the race, Mr. Hart tried to revive his campaign, and again Ms. Hart was supportive. “I’m doing what I always wanted to do,” she stated, “traveling with Gary.”

Even earlier than the scandal, the Harts’ marriage had had its ups and downs. They separated twice, in 1979 and 1981, and even introduced plans to divorce, however they remained married for greater than 60 years.

Ms. Hart was born Oletha Ludwig in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 20, 1936. She graduated from Bethany Nazarene College in 1958 and married Mr. Hart that summer season.

While her husband was getting a graduate diploma at Yale University, Ms. Hart taught English in Milford, Conn., based on The Denver Post.