Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe was born in Syracuse, New York to a local Democratic politician and his wife. He attended Catholic University and Georgetown Law School. At the age of 27, he helped found the Federal City National Bank in Washington D.C. and was elected its chairman three years later. He then went on to acquire several other incredibly profitable companies in the following years.

McAuliffe served as the chairman of the Democratic National Convention from 2000 to 2002 and developed a personal relationship with the Clintons during the same time. He went on to run for the office of governor in Virginia twice. The first time, in 2009, he came in second to his opponent, Creigh Deeds. He ran again in 2013, however, and won by a mere two percent lead over his opponent, making him the 72nd governor of Virginia.

McAuliffe has certainly made economic development his utmost priority during his term as governor. During the past couple years, his many reforms have created thousands of jobs, lowering the unemployment rate and increasing agricultural exports. He has also made several reforms in education, taxes, veteran initiatives and health care.

All of the positive reforms have not come without their kickback, however. McAuliffe has been greatly criticized for his most recent key issue: granting voting rights to convicted felons. He had tried to grant voting rights to a group of over 200,000 felons, but was shut down by the supreme court. Now he is still granting them their rights but rather one by one.

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