Amy Schneider is still on a winning streak — but this time, the category is love!
That’s right, the 40x “Jeopardy!” champion who became something of an ambassador for the trans community during her record-breaking run has announced her engagement to her girlfriend Genevieve Davis. Along with the announcement she posted on Instagram yesterday, Schneider posted a pic of her and Davis’s hands wearing their engagement rings.
“She said yes!” Schneider said in her post. “Well, actually I said yes, but then I wanted to propose too, so she said yes as well. lol. I couldn't be happier or more proud to spend my life with the very best person in the entire world.”
Schneider spoke of Davis several times during her 41 appearances on the “Jeopardy!”. She mentioned their age difference — Schneider is 42 and Davis 25 — and the fact that Genevieve had widened her musical tastes and that they planned to spend some of Schneider’s earnings on travel.
During her run on the show, Schneider racked up a laundry list of titles and records. She is the first trans person to qualify for the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, which will air in the fall, the second highest for most number of wins, behind only current “Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings, and fourth for highest regular season earnings, having won $1,382,800. She is also the highest earning woman in the show’s history.
In an essay for Jeopardy.com she wrote after her run finished airing, Schneider spoke about her role in representing the trans community on the show.
“I knew that I was taking on a burden of representation, and I will always and forever be proud to say that I’ve done my little part to ease the path for future generations of trans people to live free, open, and happy lives, and that feeling is worth more to me than any financial gain could ever be.”
Schneider has won herself legions of fans since her time on the show. She has nearly 140K followers on her Twitter (@JeopardyAmy). Her impact is still being felt and will likely continue to be at least through her appearances on the Tournament of Champions. It’s a safe bet to say her fame will last even beyond that. She has quit her job and secured representation. A book? A motivational speaking tour? Her admirers await with bated breath to see what she’ll do next.