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How Republican John Rose met his wife, 25 years his junior, before their son became a viral sensation

By Morgan Phillips, Capitol Hill congressional reporter for Dailymail.Com

21:50 04 June 2024, updated 22:11 04 June 2024

When Guy, the son of Tennessee's Republican congressman, went viral on social media on Monday, many remarked on how cute his “grandson” was.

Little did they know that the silly six-year-old who was making faces during the congressman's speech was the son of 59-year-old Rose and his wife, who is 25 years younger than him.

Rose and his wife Chelsea apparently met when she was still in high school and he was 42. Their paths crossed at an agricultural convention. When they married four years later, she was of legal age.

In 2007, 17-year-old Chelsea Doss traveled from Murfreesboro to Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, for the state's 79th annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention.

Chelsea's Eagleville High School FFA chapter won the State Superior Award and Chelsea won the State Job Interview Contest. She was named the 2007-2008 Tennessee FFA Association State President.

Among those attending the convention was Rose, then vice president of the Tennessee FFA.

Republican Rep. John Rose and his wife, Chelsea, apparently met when she was in high school and he was 42. Their paths crossed at an agricultural convention.

Shortly after the FFA convention, Chelsea won the Jerry and Betty Williams Rose Scholarship, named after Rose's parents.

According to an engagement announcement in the now-defunct local newspaper Eagleville Times, the couple married less than four years later.

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Chelsea was 21 and in her final year at Tennessee Technical University, Rose was a 45-year-old software executive, heavily involved in the FFA and president of Chelsea's college board.

In an interview with the Murfreesboro Post in 2010, Chelsea credited Rose with getting her the scholarship.

“John made everything I did in FFA after high school possible. Thanks to the scholarship he gives me, I didn't have to have a job while I was in college,” Chelsea said, pointing out that she received the scholarship before she even arrived on campus as a freshman. “I was able to train, improve, focus on FFA and focus on school. The scholarship made all the difference,” she continued.[John] also coached me during my preparation, which was extremely helpful.'

Rose and his red-headed six-year-old made the rounds on television on Tuesday, appearing on CNN and Fox News.

Appearing on Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning, Guy explained that he “made a symbol for my brother to make him laugh” and spelled SAM.

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Rose and his wife Chelsea have another young son, Sam, who was born in 2020. The couple met when Chelsea was in high school and Rose was 42. They married in 2011, when she was in her senior year of college.

When asked if the clip had made him realise he was a “very big star”, Guy replied: “Not so much.” He said his father did “boring things” for a living, and when Rose said his job was “actually very interesting”, Guy whispered: “He's not telling the truth.”

Rose took the floor to condemn the “political” persecution of Donald Trump that led to his conviction, but it was his young son who stole the show on Monday.

Sitting behind Rose, 59, was his son Guy, 6. As Rose spoke into the microphone, his son smiled at the camera before squinting, sticking out his tongue and making a series of silly faces and hand gestures.

“This is what I get for telling my son Guy to smile at the camera for his little brother,” Rose wrote on X after the C-SPAN clip went viral.

Social media users were quick to point out their unconventional marriage.

Sitting behind Rose, 59, was his son Guy, 7. As Rose spoke at the microphone, his son smiled at the camera before squinting, sticking out his tongue and making a series of silly faces and hand gestures
Guy, 7
Guy, 7

“Hey, is his mother the one you took care of when she was 17 and you were 42?!? Family values ​​are Christian, right?” one X-user replied.

“Is his mother here or is she studying for finals?” wrote another.

“Friendly reminder that John Rose was in his 40s when he prepared a teenager to become his wife,” read another response.

Rose came to Congress in 2018 after a career in business and a stint as Tennessee's agriculture commissioner.