Vicki Gunvalson has found love again.
The 54-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County star has been posting hints about her new boyfriend on Instagram, and now we know Gunvalson is dating Steve Chavez Lodge, a former police officer.
"Date night. #pizza," she captioned a pic of herself gazing lovingly at Lodge on Monday.
According to Lodge's LinkedIn profile, he was a police detective for 27 years before retiring in 2009. He's also a military veteran -- serving as a paratrooper in the United States Army -- and now works at a public affairs firm. Lodge is still active in the community thanks to his involvement in local politics, running for a seat on the Anaheim City Council in 2012.
"Date night #10 ....I think. #fun, #happy, #lovescountry, #politician, #retiredlawenforcement, #helikesme," Gunvalson happily posted earlier this month.
And it appears Lodge is quite the romantic. Gunvalson showed off roses her beau gave her last week with a note reading, "Happy Anniversary Baby, S."
"After meeting this amazing man 1 month ago today, he surprised me with my 2nd set of roses in a week. #sothoughtful, #thatsafirst," she captioned an Instagram pic of the flowers.
Lodge also seems to have the seal of approval from Gunvalson's family. Lodge -- whom Gunvalson has gushed is an "incredible man"
-- recently went to an Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball game with Gunvalson and her daughter, Briana, Briana's husband, Ryan, and their two children, Troy and Owen.
"Go Angels! #perfectnight," the reality star wrote about a cozy picture of the group at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Gunvalson split from longtime boyfriend, Brooks Ayers, last October. She stressed that she now doesn't believe Ayers' controversial claims that he had cancer
during her appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live!
"I never want to see him or speak of his name again," Gunvalson told host Andy Cohen
. "I want him out of my life. My family is finally coming full circle."
Meanwhile, the season 11 trailer
for The Real Housewives of Orange County
dropped on Monday, promising some pretty epic drama -- including Gunvalson and Tamra Judge's scary dune accident.