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Bachelor no more: Matt Gaetz is engaged

Annie Blanks
Pensacola News Journal

Matt Gaetz is a bachelor no more. 

Gaetz, Northwest Florida's 38-year-old U.S. House representative, got engaged Wednesday night to his girlfriend, 26-year-old Ginger Luckey, the sister of Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey. 

Gaetz retweeted a photo from Jeanine Pirro, more commonly known as TV's "Judge Jeanine," announcing the engagement along with an accompanying photo Wednesday night. 

"Thank you for sharing the moment with us Judge!" Gaetz said in a tweet.

Luckey is an analyst at Apeel, a company that produces coatings for produce to keep food fresh, according to LinkedIn. Her residence is listed as Santa Barbara, California. 

Her brother, Palmer Luckey, was a former Facebook executive who was ousted from the tech company in 2017 after his contributions to far-right political groups came to light. He has since become a prominent supporter and fundraiser for outgoing President Donald Trump and held several fundraisers for the president before the Nov. 3 election. 

Gaetz, who has become known for his fervent support of Trump and his prolific appearances on multiple right-leaning cable news shows, has publicly said very little about his relationship with Ginger Luckey. 

On Dec. 10, he tweeted a photo at the White House of he and Luckey standing in front of a portrait of Ronald Reagan, captioning it "got a pic (with) two cool Californians at the White House." 

Gaetz sent shockwaves through social media in June when he announced he had a Cuban son, Nestor, who he claimed to have been raising for the past six years. Nestor is the biological brother of Gaetz's ex-girlfriend and he said at the time he was a "single dad." 

Annie Blanks can be reached at ablanks@pnj.com or 850-435-8632.