Virginia Governor Research

Democratic politician Terry McAuliffe was born in Syracuse, New York February 9, 1957. McAuliffe first attended and graduated from Catholic University of America then later attended Georgetown Law School. After law school, he opened Federal City National Bank. Prior to school, Terry assisted his father in selling real estate door-to-door, then later started his own business, McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, at only 14 years old. McAuliffe began his professional political career as Jimmy Carter’s national finance director at the age of 23. He served as the Democratic National Committee chairman from 2000 to 2005. McAuliffe was also co-chair to President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign for re-election, as well as the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign. The first time McAuliffe ran for office was in 2009, when he lost during the primary. After his first running, Terry founded GreenTech Automotive, an Eco-friendly motor vehicle company, which he resigned from April 2013. In the 2013 campaign race for state governor, the 60-year-old opposed conservative nominee, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia November 2013 and is currently the 72nd Virginia governor. On his first day in office, Gov. McAuliffe signed an executive order imposing a $100 gift ban on his family, his administration, their families and even himself. A key political issue that Gov. McAuliffe came into contact with was the usage of Virginia’s transportation dollars when it came to passing road bills, which Cuccinelli opposed because it would raise taxes. Gov. McAuliffe is a well-known advocate for pro-choice when it comes to abortion, expanding healthcare and marriage equality. McAuliffe’s net worth is $30,000,000. Terry married his wife, Dorothy, in 1988 and had five children: Mary, Sally, Jack, Peter and Dori.

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