• Patrice Failor is the wife of former FBI Director James Comey.
• She was born in 1960 and spent her childhood in Northern Virginia and Iowa.
• She is an advocate in the juvenile court and a foster parent and guardian to a number of children in the community.
• She and James met while studying at William and Mary College and married in 1987.
• They have five daughters and experienced the tragedy of the death of their son Colin.

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SpousePatrice Failor
FactAt 6'8" Comey is the tallest FBI director in the history of the bureau.

Who is Patrice Failor?

Patrice Failor is a well-known special advocate, court-appointed to the juvenile court, but she is probably better known to the world as the wife of former FBI Director James Comey.

Early Life, Parents, and Education

Patrice’s exact birth date and place remain unknown to the wider public, though, according to sources she was born in 1960. Further information about her early life is also unknown, except the information that she spent her childhood in Northern Virginia and Iowa. For her education, after finished high school, Patrice enrolled at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, from which she subsequently attained a post-graduate master’s degree in counseling.


Patrice is a rather low-key person, therefore isn’t much information about Patrice’s career, except for her work as an advocate in the juvenile court. In 2016, she appeared before the legislative Judiciary Committee, testifying in favor of a bill that would allow unpaid volunteers to counsel children through the juvenile justice system. Serving as a children’s advocate, Patrice has also been a foster parent and a guardian to a number of children in the community.

Do You Know How Rich Patrice Failor is?

Since all the major details about her career have been kept under a veil of secrecy, her net worth is only estimated by authoritative sources at over $1 million. However, her husband James Comey’s net worth is estimated at over $11 million, in which she very likely shares.

First Meeting and Relationship with James Comey

Both Patrice and James studied at William and Mary College in Williamsburg and met when they were freshmen. Almost immediately after the first encounter, the two became a couple. Their relationship lasted through the college, and has been on-going ever since.

Popularity Through Marriage

We might have never heard about Patrice if it wasn’t for James, as she owes much of her quasi-celebrity status to her husband. The couple married in 1987, and soon afterwards welcomed their first child. Since then, Patrice has given birth to five more children, one of whom passed away within a few days. They have five daughters, Abby, Claire, Brien, Kate, and Maurene. The Comey family resides in Westport, Connecticut on an estate valued at over $3 million.

Family Tragedy

In 1995, Patrice gave birth to the couple’s son; he weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces and was a healthy baby. However, his health rapidly worsened, and he was taken into the intensive care and put on a respirator. Unfortunately, he contracted a bacterial infection and soon after passed away in Patrice’s arms as she sang him lullabies, just nine days following his birth. Patrice and James claimed that the infection was curable, and according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, their son Colin died from a Group B strep infection.

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Full NameJames Comey
Height2.03 m
ProfessionLawyer, Businessperson
EducationUniversity of Chicago Law School, College of William & Mary, University of Chicago


SpousePatrice Failor
ChildrenMaurene Comey, Collin Comey, Abby Comey, Claire Comey, Kate Comey, Brien Comey
ParentsJoan Comey, J. Brien Comey
SiblingsChristopher Comey, Peter Comey, Patricia Comey

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1[letter to FBI employees] We don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do, so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. At the same time however given we don't know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don't want to create a misleading impression.
2[observation, 2016] I was raised by great parents who taught me you don't care what other people think about you. In my business [as FBI Director] I have to and deeply do - that people have confidence that the system's not fixed, against black people, for rich people, for powerful people.


1At 6'8" Comey is the tallest FBI director in the history of the bureau.



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Nova2015TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (segment "The Director") / Himself - Attorney (segment "Dr. Sam Waksal")
Ice Storm: The Salé and Pelletier Affair2006TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Democracy Now!2013-2017TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning Britain2017TV SeriesHimself - Director of the FBI
Media Buzz2016TV SeriesHimself - FBI Director
Rogues in Robes2016DocumentaryHimself - FBI Director
Do Not Resist2016DocumentaryHimself
48 Hours2015TV Series documentaryHimself - FBI Director
60 Minutes2004-2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (segment "The Director") / Himself - Attorney (segment "Dr. Sam Waksal")
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories2013TV SeriesHimself - FBI Director

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