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Bob McDonnell – Virginia Governor


Bob McDonnell – Virginia Governor

Bob McDonnell

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Bob McDonnell was elected as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009. He received nearly 59% of the vote, the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history. Governor McDonnell currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board, Chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Governors Association.

Notable Accomplishments as Governor of Virginia

  • McDonnell's policies have reduced state spending to 2006 levels by cutting $6 billion out of two budgets.

  • The Governor has focused on job-creation and economic development and since February 2010, the state unemployment rate has fallen from 7.2% to 6.5%.

  • The 2011 transportation package makes the largest investment in transportation in Virginia in a generation and it passed the General Assembly with broad bipartisan support. Read more about the transportation plan.

  • The state’s higher education plan is moving forward to make college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students. Read more about the education plan.

Personal Facts

  • Born on June 15, 1954 in Phila., PA
  • Raised in Fairfax County, VA. Graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria
  • Graduated from the University of Notre Dame (BBA, 1976), Boston University (MBA, 1980) and Regent University (JD and MA, 1989).
  • Served 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997.
  • Has been married 35 years to Maureen McDonnell and has five children, his oldest daughter Jeanine is an Iraq war veteran.

Political Career

Upon graduating from law school in 1989, McDonnell served as a prosecutor for the 84th District in Virginia Beach. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and served 14 years representing Virginia Beach. He was elected as the Attorney General of Virginia in 2005. As Attorney General, McDonnell kept all seven of his campaign promises: he enacted a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for violent child sex predators, increased penalties for drug dealers, protected Virginians from terrorist threats, safeguarded private property rights, reduced frivolous lawsuits and made Virginia a national leader in combating internet crimes and identity theft. He successfully passed 92 of his 105 legislative proposals, with strong bipartisan support. He was commended for his work as Attorney General to strengthen Virginia’s mental health laws, establish a “Senior Alert” to assist in locating missing seniors with mental deficiencies, create a state of the art Sex Offender Registry, and provide new tools for law enforcement involved in online investigations of identity theft, sexual predators, and other 21st Century criminals.

McDonnell created and led Virginia’s Youth Internet Safety Task Force, which received widespread attention for its significant recommendations to improve online safety, and established the ongoing Attorney General’s Task Force on Regulatory and Government Reform. The task force made over 300 recommendations to streamline Virginia’s Administrative Code, and reduce burdensome government regulation. As Attorney General, McDonnell won all nine cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, from 2006 to early 2009, when he left to pursue his gubernatorial bid.

Quotes from Bob McDonnell

“We serve all Virginians well when we run a wise and frugal government, defend individual rights and the rule of law and care more about enacting good policy than making a good quote.”
- State of the Commonwealth Address – January 11, 2012.

“We aren’t going to get through the tremendous fiscal and international challenges facing our great nation if we can’t first agree that we are all on the same American team. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We can practice civility.”
UVA Commencement Address – May 22, 2011.

“As Virginians, we believe that government must help foster a society in which all our people can use their God-given talents in liberty to pursue the American Dream. Where opportunity is absent, we must create it. Where opportunity is limited, we must expand it. Where opportunity is unequal, we must make it open to everyone.”
– Inaugural Address - January 18, 2010.

Contact Information
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Office: (804) 786-2211
Website: www.governor.virginia.gov

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