FIRST KIDS OF THE UNITED STATES: Where are they now?

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President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, DC.

Barron Trump, 11, has said goodbye to Trump Tower and moved into the White House.

First Lady Melania Trump announced the transition on Twitter, writing, “Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home #Movingday.”

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been home to several “first kids,” who are in the public eye almost as much as their parents. They dictate fashion trends, appear on their parents’ behalf at embassies around the world, and sometimes host senior prom in the White House East Room.

But when the first family departs their famous address, the spotlight typically turns away from them. Here’s what the first kids of the past are up to today.

Melissa Stanger contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

Caroline Kennedy is seen as a possible candidate for a congressional seat in New York.

Daughter of John and Jackie Kennedy

After a lifetime of training in diplomacy, Caroline Kennedy served for three years as the US ambassador to Japan. During her tenure, former President Barack Obama strengthened his relationship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Caroline stepped down in January 2017.

The former attorney also serves as honorary president of the JFK Presidential Library and has written nine best-selling books on constitutional law, American history, and poetry.

In May 2017, the New York Daily News reported that Kennedy is considered a 2018 run for a congressional seat in New York, but those rumors are unconfirmed.

Lynda Bird Johnson Robb advocates for equal rights for women and minorities.

Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

At 73, former First Lady of Virginia Lynda Bird Johnson Robb is the oldest living child of a US president. In the ’70s she chaired the President’s Advisory Committee for Women to help carry out President Jimmy Carter’s mandate to promote gender equality. 

Robb, whose father signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, gave a speech at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the March on Washington and attended the remembrance banquet for the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” assault in Selma, Alabama.

Luci Baines Johnson chaired the private holding company her mother founded 70 years ago.

Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

Like mother, like daughter: Luci Baines Johnson took the helm at LBJ Asset Management Partners in the late ’80s and turned the business around in the midst of economic crisis.

She makes dozens of speeches each year to support the causes that were close to her family. In February 2017, she attended a gathering in Austin, Texas, to show support for the Muslim community there. A marcher who met Luci shared a post about their encounter that went viral. 

Tricia Nixon Cox lives a quiet life with her family in Manhattan.

Daughter of Richard and Pat Nixon

Trisha Nixon Cox accompanied her father on many campaign stops and state trips during his presidency but has steered clear of the spotlight since starting a family more than 40 years ago.

Trisha serves on the board of the Richard Nixon Foundation and remains married to Edward Cox, whom she wed in the first wedding in the White House Rose Garden in 1971.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower married into another presidential lineage.

Daughter of Richard and Pat Nixon

A vocal supporter of her father after the Watergate scandal broke, Julie Nixon Eisenhower lives on a Pennsylvania farm away from the public eye. She married David Eisenhower, President Eisenhower’s grandson, uniting two of the country’s most powerful political families.

She wrote a biography about her mother, “Pat Nixon: The Untold Story,” and she helps manage her father’s presidential library. She and her husband also authored a memoir about her grandfather-in-law, “Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

Michael Ford oversees campus life at Wake Forest University.

Son of Gerald and Betty Ford

Michael Ford returned to his alma mater, Wake Forest University, in 1981 as associate dean of campus life. As director of the school’s philanthropic programming, he fosters the holistic development of students and connects students to others on campus for advice and counsel.

Ford enjoys running, biking, service, travel, and cheering on the Demon Deacons.

Jack Ford was a founding staff member of the magazine Outside.

Son of Gerald and Betty Ford

John Gardner “Jack” Ford — once President Ford’s free-spirited, shaggy-haired son — grew into a successful entrepreneur. He founded a startup, California Infotech, that supplies electronic information kiosks to malls. He also helped launch Outside magazine.

After appearing at half a dozen Republican National Conventions, Ford was tapped to serve as executive director of the host committee for the RNC in 1996.

Steven Ford appeared on seven seasons of “The Young and the Restless.”

Son of Gerald and Betty Ford

Steven Ford joined the cast of television soap opera “The Young and The Restless” in 1981, playing private investigator Andy Richards. After six seasons and a role reprisal in 2002, he appeared in several films including “Black Hawk Down” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

Ford ended his tenure as chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation in 2015, but he continues to honor his father’s legacy by speaking at town-hall events and lectures.

Susan Ford Bales worked as a photojournalist for high-profile publications.

Daughter of Gerald and Betty Ford

President Ford’s only daughter, Susan Ford Bales, took up photography under the mentorship of White House photographer David Kennerly. She went on to become a photojournalist for news outlets including The Associated Press and Newsweek.

Susan helped launch National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and succeeded her mother as chairwoman of the Betty Ford Center. She’s also been calling for better efforts to identify causes and cures to heart disease, after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest herself in 2013.

Jack Carter ran for a Nevada seat in the US Senate.

Son of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

John William “Jack” Carter ran for the first major office the Carter family has sought since 1980. He sealed the Democratic nomination for the US Senate seat but was unsuccessful against an incumbent Republican senator in the 2006 Nevada election.

Carter spent most of his career in the investment and finance industry.

Chip Carter lays low while his son carries on the political torch.

Son of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Not much is known about James Earl “Chip” Carter III. He participated in the Democratic National Committee, pursued a variety of vague business ventures, and married three times.

His son and grandson of President Carter, James Carter IV, made headlines during the 2012 presidential election, having helped unearth the infamous “47%” video that ostracized nominee Mitt Romney. Later, James Carter IV received a thank-you note from President Barack Obama.

Jeff Carter launched a computer-electronics company.

Son of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Donnel Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter is a cofounder of Computer Mapping Consultants, a computer-mapping company that became a consultancy for the World Bank in 1978. It later held foreign government contracts, though the company has since collapsed.

Amy Lynn Carter illustrated a children’s book that her father wrote.

Daughter of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Amy Lynn Carter Wentzel became a political activist in the ’80s and ’90s — and was even arrested at a CIA recruitment protest. She later received her master’s degree from Tulane.

Amy went to work with her dad on “The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer,” which President Carter wrote and she illustrated. The children’s book is about a boy who befriends a monster.

Michael Reagan became a highly successful radio talk-show host.

Son of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman

Michael Reagan was adopted by the actor-turned-president and his first wife, Jane Wyman, three years before the couple divorced. He is the last living child of this marriage.

After a stint working in aerospace, Michael found his niche as a a political radio talk-show host. He hosted a program for over 26 years. In his retirement, Michael writes op-ed articles on President Donald Trump and serves as president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation.

Patti Davis is an author and an advocate for people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan

The first child from President Reagan’s marriage to Nancy, Patti Davis overcame a number of personal obstacles in her life, including drug addiction, self-harm, and an eating disorder. She discovered her voice through her writing and has penned several fiction and non-fiction books.

She blogs regularly on her website and runs a biweekly support group called Beyond Alzheimer’s, which provides comfort and guidance to caregivers and family members of those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s — a disease that her late father suffered from.

Ron Reagan provides political analysis as an MSNBC contributor.

Son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan

Ron Reagan tried his hand at a number of careers before arriving in journalism and joining MSNBC as a political analysis contributor. He expresses strong opposition to President Trump.

Ron only ever knew his father as a politician, but unlike his father has very liberal political views. The “unabashed atheist” recorded a comical PSA for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which ran during Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.”

 

George W. Bush served as president from 2001 to 2009.

Son of George H.W. and Barbara Bush

George W. Bush served as the 43rd president of the US at the start of the war in Iraq. 

The eldest son of President George H.W. Bush, he received heated criticism from across the political spectrum for his handling of the “War on Terror,” Hurricane Katrina, and other challenges. Since his presidency, he has avoided the political limelight and grown more liked.

George W. is enjoying retirement as a grandfather and an accomplished artist.

John E. “Jeb” Bush ran for president in 2016.

Son of George H.W. and Barbara Bush

Jeb Bush also carved himself a place in politics as the former governor of Florida. He ran a campaign for president in 2016 and has since become a vocal opponent of President Trump.

The Florida resident transitioned from corporate life to public office in the ’80s — first as the chairman of the Dade County Republican Party and then as the governor of the Sunshine State. During his presidential campaign, he released 33 years of tax returns — the most ever made public by a presidential candidate — as a sign to voters that he values transparency. 

Neil Bush is a director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.

Son of George H. W. and Barbara Bush

Neil Bush works as a director of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and as chair of the board of directors at Points of Light, a philanthropic group founded by his father.

A businessman and active philanthropist, Bush also founded educational software company Ignite! Learning in 1999 after struggling with a learning disability as a child.

Marvin Bush is a managing partner at an investment firm in Washington, DC.

Son of George H. W. and Barbara Bush

Marvin Bush is the cofounder and a managing partner at investment firm Winston Partners. Bush also serves on the board of directors at the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Marvin made headlines during the 2016 presidential election when he endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson over President Trump, following his brother Jeb’s exit from the race.

Dorothy Bush Koch authored a book about her experience as a first kid.

Daughter of George H.W. and Barbara Bush

Dorothy Bush Koch, who goes by “Doro,” is the former president’s youngest child and only living daughter. She is involved in a number of charities and philanthropies and serves as the honorary co-chair of The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Bush Koch is also the author of “My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush,” a heartfelt memoir about her life as the 41st president’s daughter.

Chelsea Clinton is an advocate for women’s rights and global humanitarianism.

Daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton

Chelsea Clinton serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she champions the group’s advocacy work in global health and childhood obesity. The Stanford grad previously worked as a special correspondent for NBC News.

In 2017, Chelsea published a children’s book called “She Persisted,” which tells the stories of 13 inspirational American women who overcame obstacles to achieve their goals.

Barbara Pierce Bush is the CEO of an international healthcare equality nonprofit.

Daughter of George W. and Laura Bush

Within five years of graduating from Yale, Barbara Pierce Bush cofounded Global Health Corps, a nonprofit that recruits young professionals to fight for better access to healthcare around the world. She was a noted Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election.

As a CEO, Bush spends most of her time speaking at global conferences on behalf of the organization, speaking with funders and donors and volunteering with constituents. In March 2017, she took a break to give the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood event in Texas.

Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show.

Daughter of George W. and Laura Bush

Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for the “Today” show on NBC and editor-at-large for lifestyle magazine “Southern Living.” A University of Texas at Austin alumna, Jenna also finds time to serve as chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, a fundraising arm of the nonprofit.

Malia Obama starts school at Harvard in fall 2017.

Daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama

Malia Obama will enroll at Harvard University, where both of her parents attended, in the fall. She’s currently taking a gap year to intern at The Weinstein Company, a major film studio located in New York City.

As a teenager living in the White House, Malia made a name as a fashion icon. She joined her mother and sister on diplomatic trips around the world and made headlines for her style.

Sasha Obama just threw a glamorous Sweet Sixteen party.

Daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama

Sasha Obama caught fashion bloggers’ eyes every time she stepped off Air Force 1. The former first kid celebrated her Sweet 16 in June, and the photos of her party went viral.

She attends the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. The School has been described as the “Harvard of Washington’s private schools.”

Barron Trump brought his class to meet his dad at the White House on a field trip.

Son of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump

Barron Trump, 11, recently relocated to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after living at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

The newly-minted first kid will attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, where tuition costs $40,000 a year. It’s a small price compared to the cost of secret service protection in New York City for the first family, which is estimated to be $1 million a day.

In May 2017, Barron took his classmates to meet President Trump at the White House.