Helen Wray, Christopher’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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Christopher Wray speaks at speak Justice Department on November 4, 2003 in Washington DC. (Getty)

Christopher Wray is Donald Trump’s pick to be the next director of the FBI.

Wray ran the criminal division of the Justice Department from 2003 to 2005, and in recent years he has worked at the Washington law firm King & Spalding. Wray has been married to his wife Helen for almost 30 years.

Here’s what you need to know about Helen Wray, the wife of Christopher Wray.

1. Her Family Lived in Atlanta, Georgia for Generations

Christopher Wray’s wife has a deep family history in Atlanta, Georgia.

After all, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Helen’s family has lived in Atlanta, Georgia for seven generations, and her great grandfather, Clark Howell, once owned the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In addition, Helen’s father was the vice president of the First National Bank of Atlanta, according to The New York Times.

2. She & Christopher Both Went to Yale

Christopher and Helen Wray are both graduates of Yale University.

According to The New York Times, Helen and Chris were both members of Yale’s class of 1989.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Christopher Wray attended Yale Law School, graduating with his law degree in 1992. Wray’s Yale experience actually came up during his Senate confirmation hearing in 2003, with Senator Saxby Chambliss jokingly suggesting that Wray betrayed Atlanta by leaving to go to school in Connecticut.

“We will excuse him for attending Yale University for both his undergraduate studies and his legal education, but he saw the light and came back to Georgia,” Senator Chambliss said.

3. She Worked for the Yale Daily News

Helen’s grandfather, Clark Howell, once owned the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but Helen spent some time working on a newspaper herself.

While she was a student at Yale, Helen was the business manager of The Yale Daily News, according to The New York Times.

4. She & Chris Were Married in 1989

Christopher Wray has been married to his wife Helen for almost 30 years now.

Chris and Helen were married on August 12th, 1989. According to The New York Times, Catherine Caro Howell, Helen’s sister, was the maid of honor in the ceremony, while John Poinier was the best man.

The couple was married just one month before Christopher Wray began his studies at Yale Law School.

5. She & Chris Have Two Children

Christopher and Helen Wray have two children, both of whom were present for their father’s Senate confirmation hearing.

According to a transcript of the confirmation hearing, Christopher and Helen’s older child is a daughter, Caroline, who is now 22, and their younger child is a son, Trip, who is now 20.

Larry Thompson, who served as deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, is the godfather of Chris’ son Trip.