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.