Terry McAuliffe, Gov. of VA
Terry McAuliffe was born in Syracuse, New York in Feb., 1957. McAuliffe’s wife is named Dorothy, with whom he has five children. When McAuliffe was 14, he began his first business McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance that tarred home driveways. McAuliffe received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University.
Afterwards, he attended Georgetown Law School. Soon after graduation, McAuliffe helped create Federal City National Bank, located in Washington, D.C. In 1980, McAuliffe became the Jimmy Carter’s national finance director.
McAuliffe became the chairman of the Democratic National Convention in 2000 which he maintained until 2005. He first accepted the job after a phone call from Al Gore. At one time, Terry McAuliffe was “renowned as the Democratic Party’s fund-raising mastermind,” as penned by the New York Times.
Terry’s book about his various experiences with politics and celebrities and wrestling an alligator,“What A Party!”, which he authored with help from Steve Kettmann, reached the New York Times’ Best Sellers list in February 2007.
Terry McAuliffe has also served as the finance chairman for multiple Hillary Clinton political office campaigns. McAuliffe made his first bid for public office in 2009, when he ran for Governor of Virginia. He lost the race.
He soon founded GreenTech Automotive, and left the company in 2013 to give another go and his run for governorship in the Commonwealth of Virginia. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli by just over a 2 percent margin. He was been governor of Virginia since 2013. He is the active governor.
In April 2016, McAuliffe made national headlines over his executive order to give voting rights back to over 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia. Virginia Speaker of the House William J. Howell expressed great disapproval for McAuliffe’s actions, claiming that McAuliffe’s past history with Hillary Clinton was a motivating factor in the governor’s actions. McAuliffe pointed out his long-time advocacy for civil rights to Americans.