Who is Adam Kinzinger's wife Sofia Boza-Holman? GOP Rep's family disowns him for opposing Trump in impeachment
Two days after Kinzinger voted against Trump for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol, 11 members of his family sent him a handwritten two-page letter condemning his actions
Republican Rep Adam Kinzinger's own family has shunned him in a handwritten letter over his vote to impeach former President Trump. Two days after Kinzinger voted against Trump for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol, 11 members of his family sent him a handwritten two-page letter, saying he was in cahoots with “the devil’s army” for making a public break with the president.
Last February, the six-term Illinois Congressman tied the knot with Sofia Boza-Holman, a press secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!” they wrote. “You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name!” Karen Otto, Kinzinger’s cousin, wrote in the letter.
Otto paid $7 to send it by certified mail to Kinzinger’s father to make sure the congressman would see it, which he did. She also sent copies to Republicans across Illinois, including other members of the state’s congressional delegation. “I wanted Adam to be shunned,” she said in an interview.
Who is Adam Kinzinger?
Adam Kinzinger’s roots run deep across Illinois. He was born in Kankakee, grew up in Bloomington and now resides in Channahon. His mother, Jodi, is an elementary school teacher and his father Rus is a former CEO of two faith-based organizations. His parents instilled in him and his two siblings the importance of hard work and responsiveness through public service to the needs of those throughout our communities.
Kinzinger and his wife Boza-Holman had a destination wedding in Guatemala and tied the knot on February 15, 2020. Kinzinger shared the news on social media, writing: “I am one very lucky man to have this incredible woman as my wife.”
I am one very lucky man to have this incredible woman as my wife. Here’s to forever! pic.twitter.com/yTjJsBoEOZ— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 16, 2020
The couple got engaged in the summer of 2019, with Kinzinger also sharing the news on Instagram. Their wedding nuptials took place at the Convento de las Capuchinas. According to the National Council for the Protection of Antigua Guatemala website, the convent was designed in the 1730s by architect Diego de Porres.
The website adds that the first nuns “arrived in 1725 from the Capuchin convent in Madrid, Spain.” Kinzinger’s hometown pastor, Nate Ferguson of the Village Christian Church of Channahon, Illinois, traveled to Guatemala to serve as the officiant. Kinzinger also shared a beautiful highlight video on Instagram.
Who is Sofia Boza-Holman?
Boza-Holman has been working for government and political institutions since she completed her graduation from Southern Methodist University in 2011, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has worked for former House Speaker John Boehner for around two years. She started working as a staff assistant before being promoted to a communications advisor role.
She was with the Republican National Committee for most of 2016 and served as the press secretary for Hispanic media. After a brief role working for the inaugural committee, she joined the White House staff as a regional communications director during the Trump administration.
According to a June 2017 report on White House personnel, she earned a $62,000 salary in that role. In January 2018, Boza-Holman started working under Vice President Mike Pence’s office as the director of strategic media. She remained in that role for two years before shifting to the Department of Homeland Security. She has also served as the deputy assistant secretary of media affairs until August 2020.
Kinzinger was previously engaged to Air Force CaptRiki Meyers in 2011. They met in flight school in Enid, Oklahoma, in 2004 and were friends for years. He proposed on a pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston, South Carolina, and confessed to the Chicago Tribune that she was “a great match” for him but things didn't work out later.