Rep. Mary Bono (search) and her husband, businessman Glenn Baxley (search), plan to divorce, her office said Thursday.

The couple have "mutually agreed to separate and intend to file for divorce. As this is a time of great sadness for them both, Congresswoman Bono asks that the public and the media respect their privacy," a statement from her office said.

Bono, the widow of pop star-turned-politician Sonny Bono (search), married Baxley in November 2001. The Western-wear designer and former minor league baseball player moved from his home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Palm Springs, where Bono lives with her two children.

Sonny Bono was a Republican congressman when he died in a 1998 skiing accident near Lake Tahoe. Mary Bono, also a Republican, ran in a special election to replace him and has held the seat ever since.