Governor Research

The current and 72nd Governor of Virginia is currently Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe is a Democrat and was born in Syracuse, New York in 1957. As far as education goes, McAuliffe earned a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America in 1979 and later went on to receive his Jurius Doctos degree in 1984 from Georgetown University Law Center. Soon after, in 1988, Terry married Dorothy Swan and they had five children together. His children now attend school in McLean, Virginia where he resides with his family.

He has a history of working with politics for most of his career. He served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 199 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He assumed his current role as governor on January 11, 2014 and has been in office ever since.

While in office, he has released an order prohibiting discrimination against state employees for their sexual orientation or their gender identity. He had plans to expand Medicaid, but his plans were blocked by the House of Delegates. He has also spoken a lot on workforce development and funding educational proposals through savings from the proposed Medicaid expansion, but after this fell through, not much was done to continue the effort. As far as gay rights go, McAuliffe openly supports same-sex marriage ans was supportive of the Supreme Court rulings that came out in June of 2013. McAuliffe also supports getting rid of several business taxes and is in favor of using revenue from local government taxes to make up the difference. He is also in favor of universal background checks for people to be able to accquire guns. He believes that there should be an assault weapons ban and that gun purchases should be limited to once a month.

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