How old is Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue?
In recent years, she's said she was born on Jan. 14, 1947. But older news sources say she was born in 1948.
The most notable is her Ph.D. dissertation, which says in a brief biographical sketch that she was born in 1948. Files at the University of Florida, where she studied in the early '70s, also say 1948.
A Perdue spokesman confirmed she was born in 1947, but he said she changed the year to please her first husband.
At the time she wrote her dissertation, she was married to Gary Perdue, an attorney. He was born on Oct. 6, 1947, making him seven months younger than she.
"At that time, it was the early '70s, it was something that was important to her husband — and to the marriage — not to be married to somebody older than him," said spokesman David Kochman.
The Perdues divorced in 1994. Gary Perdue died in 1997.