Ted and Heidi CruzRepublican Sen. Ted Cruz and Heidi Cruz have been married since 2001, and have two daughters.Alex Wong/Getty Images

The close US Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has garnered national attention, but Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz (née Nelson) is no stranger to the sacrifices and demands that come with being a politician’s spouse in the public eye.

Heidi sat down for her first interview since 2016 with The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott, opening up about her journey forging an identity and a high-powered career at Goldman Sachs separate from that of her husband.

As her husband’s political career took off, Heidi became well-liked and respected among Republicans and even some Democrats for her work ethnic, discipline, and naturally warm and charming personality — helping Ted win over both voters and donors during his Senate and presidential campaigns.

Here’s a look inside the marriage of political power couple Ted and Heidi Cruz: