Governor Research Assignment

Governor Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd governor of Virginia. He was born on February 9, 1957. McAuliffe was born in Syracuse, New York to Jack and Mildred McAuliffe. His father was a realtor and politician. Terry attended The Catholic University of America. After he graduated, he worked for the Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign. He then became the national finance director at 22-years old. After the campaign he went back to school at Georgetown University Law Center. In 1984, he received his juris doctor degree.

McAuliffe was a very young business man. He started his own business at the age of 14, where he sealed driveways and parking lots. In 1985 he helped found the Federal City National Bank. When he was 33, he was elected the chairman of the bank. This made him the youngest chairman in the United States Federal Reserve Bank’s association. He helped negotiate a merger with another bank and then became the vice-chairman of the new merged bank. In 1988, he married Dorothy Swann. Her father was the lawyer in charge of fundraising in Florida for the Jimmy Carter campaign.

McAuliffe first took office in January 2014. The first thing he did was put a gift ban on the members of administration. He also prohibited the discrimination against state employees for sexual orientation and gender identity. He tried to expand Medicaid but the action was blocked. He created 800 new jobs in Arlington by helping a company move their headquarters there. In 2016, McAuliffe announced Virginia was the first to end veteran homelessness. He tried to grant voting rights to 200,00 ex-felons in Virginia, but the order was overturned.

He supports keeping current Virginia laws on abortions. He also opposes new health and safety regulations on abortion clinics. He supported Obamacare and wants to expand Medicaid. McAuliffe supports same-sex marriage. He believes there should be universal background checks on gun sales and he has also called for an assault weapons ban in Virginia.

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