Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terence A. McAuliffe’s diversified legislation has widely impacted the state of Virginia.

McAuliffe passed legislation to protect children in various forms of childcare by increasing safety standards.

He focused on eliminating wasted taxpayer dollars from VDOT’s transportation projects.

Because of McAuliffe, the definition of “veteran” has been expanded to include those who served in the Virginia National Guard, and all veterans receive better aid and education opportunities.

He also passed several bills which bolster workforce incentive and opportunity.

McAuliffe’s bills contributed to the school breakfast program, aided struggling students, accommodated students from military families, and increased campus security.

He incentivized renewable energy and promoted solar energy production.

His first action in the office of governor was to establish a $100 gift ban for himself and his administration.

McAuliffe, the 72nd governor of Virginia, had a glorious career as an entrepreneur and later as a fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton. A young entrepreneur at age 14, with his first venture McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, McAuliffe became the chairman of a commercial bank at 30 and also delved into investing. He founded the company GreenTech, but it later came under federal investigation.

McAuliffe was very politically involved before taking office. He was the national finance director for President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 reelection, co-chairman during President Clonton’s reelection campaign in 1996, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001–05, and chairman for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008.

McAuliffe first ran for governor in 2009, but suffered a landslide defeat in the primaries. However, he won the 2013 gubanatorial election against attorney general Ken Cucinelli.

McAuliffe received his highschool diploma from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in 1975, his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the Catholic University of America in 1979, and his juris doctor from Georgetown University in 1984.

McAuliffe was born Feb. 9, 1957, in Syracuse, New York. He married Dorothy Swann McAuliffe and together they had three daughters and two sons.

A member of the Democratic Party, McAuliffe is pro-abortion and supports gun control and gay rights.


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