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Bob McDonnell
Bob McDonnell headshot.jpg
Governor of Virginia
Former officeholder
In office
January 16, 2010 - January 11, 2014
PredecessorTim Kaine (D)
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalTerm-limited
Campaign $$29,850,503
Term limitsNo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Attorney General of Virginia
Virginia House of Delegates
High schoolBishop Ireton High School (1972)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame (1976)
Master'sBoston University (1981); Regent University (1989)
J.D.Regent University (1989)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1981-1997
Service branchUnited States Army
Years of service1976-1979
Date of birthJune 15, 1954
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Personal website
Campaign website
Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell (born June 15, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was the 71st Governor of Virginia. McDonnell, a Republican, assumed office on January 16, 2010, after winning election on November 3, 2009. He defeated state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) to win the seat. McDonnell previously defeated Deeds for the post of Attorney General in 2005.[1]

In mid-August, 2011, McDonnell was named chairman of the National Governors Association, replacing Texas Governor Rick Perry.[2]

He has also served in the Virginia House of Delegates for the City of Virginia Beach from 1992 to 2005, and was Attorney General of Virginia from 2006-2009.

McDonnell was considered to be a possible choice for Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate in 2012, but ultimately was not selected.[3][4]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked McDonnell as the 8th most conservative governor in the country.[5]

Virginia governors are barred from serving consecutive terms and thus McDonnell did not run for re-election in 2013. Instead Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe won the election against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.[6]


Moving with his father's Air Force career, Bob McDonnell was born in Philadelphia, moved to Virginia a year later, and spent several years in Germany in his childhood. During his own time in the U.S. Army, McDonnell would again he stationed in Germany.

Bob McDonnell is a 1972 graduate from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He later received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1976, which he attended on a ROTC scholarship. He went on to receive an MBA from Boston University in 1980, and an M.A./J.D. from Regent University. McDonnell served in the U.S. Army for twenty-one years, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After leaving active duty in 1981, he joined American Hospital Supply Corporation.

McDonnell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1992, and has held the positions of Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee. In addition, he served on the Committees on Health, Welfare and Institutions, and the Rules Committee.


  • M.A./J.D., Regent University, 1989
  • MSBA, Boston University, 1981
  • B.B.A, Notre Dame, 1976
  • Bishop Ireton High School, 1972

Political career

Governor of Virginia (2010-Present)

McDonnell was first elected Governor of Virginia in 2009 and assumed office on January 16, 2010. His term ended in January 2014 and he was prevented from running for a second term as governor in November 2013. The term limits Virginia imposes on its governors are more strict than any other state in the country: under the commonwealth's constitution, no governor may serve back-to-back terms. This means that McDonnell, unlike other governors in their first term, was ineligible to run for re-election in 2013.

Bob McDonnell's swearing-in ceremony on January 16, 2010


Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

McDonnell has opposed the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care overhaul known as Obamacare since its passage in December 2009. He supported efforts by Republican attorneys general (including his successor as attorney general Ken Cuccinelli) to have it repealed in the U.S. Supreme Court, and when the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the reform bill, McDonnell maintained his fighting stance in two ways: By pledging to forgo federal funding for Virginia in the short term to expand medicaid, and by reiterating his intentions to establish a Virginia-specific health care exchange system rather than participate in the federal health care exchange. (The exchange is "an online marketplace through which people can shop for health insurance provided by the law."[7]) The results of the general election on November 6, 2012, however, induced McDonnell to give up the latter fight. In light of President Obama's re-election and Democrats control of the Senate, McDonnell conceded that since "the federal health-care law, it looks like now, it will go into effect,”[7] his continued resistance to entering Virginia into the federal health care exchange program was no longer worthwhile. He said he would support Virginia's participation in the federal exchange, adding that the law allowed for a two year window for retreating to a state-centric system. Despite pressure from liberal healthcare reform advocates to also reverse his position on the medicaid expansion, McDonnell remained unwilling to participate, believing that the federal government would ultimately have to renege on its promise to pay for the added recipients.[7]

Abortion bill

In February 2012, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a controversial "informed consent" abortion bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion. The ultrasound would determine the fetus' gestational age. Del. David Englin strongly opposed the legislation, warning "this bill will require many women in Virginia to undergo vaginal penetration with an ultrasound probe against their consent in order to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion, even for nonsurgical, noninvasive, pharmaceutical abortions."[8]

The bill, having passed the Virginia State Senate two weeks earlier, was sent to McDonnell who initially indicated he would sign the legislation into law, but soon the legislation captured the attention of the nation.[9] It drew criticism from across the country, was satirized on the popular late night comedy show Saturday Night Live, and drew a large crowd to the state capitol in Richmond for an impromptu protest. Opponents sent a petition with 33,000 signatures urging the governor to veto the bill.[10] McDonnell changed his position on the legislation, withdrawing his support and stating "Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. I am requesting that the Virginia General Assembly amend this bill to explicitly state that no woman in Virginia will have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound involuntarily."[10]

McDonnell signed an amended version of the bill on March 7, 2012. According to the Washington Post, "the version McDonnell signed says invasive ultrasounds are voluntary and exempts women who have reported to law enforcement agencies that they are victims of rape or incest." The new legislation took effect July 1, 2012.[11]

Pension fund

McDonnell unveiled a plan in late December 2010 that would have all employees, new and current, contribute 5 percent of their pay to their retirement. At that time, McDonnell outlined that he would give them a 3 percent salary increase. “This is a start for fixing the pension system that has been out of whack for years and years. I will not pass on a broken system to another governor,” McDonnell said.

The governor's plan threatened to leave employees with a cut in take-home pay. At least one employee group voiced concern. The Virginia Government Employees Association was pleased that McDonnell was making an effort to return the retirement system to sound financial footing, but not happy with what it perceived as a reduction in pay for members. “We have deep concerns about his proposal to have current state employees begin contributing 5 percent of their salary to the retirement system," VGEA said in a statement release after the governor's announcement. "While the governor is attempting to keep employee salaries whole in the proposal, he relies on a potential pay bonus using year-end savings in the state budget to do so. The net effect is that without the bonus, state employees could face a pay cut amounting to a little over 2 percent."[12]

Virginia energy
See also: Energy policy in Virginia

Virginia was one of the states preparing to engage in offshore drilling and when President Obama put the moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill disaster in 2010, Gov. McDonnell was vocally upset. “We didn't give up when we had the Challenger disaster in the space program or when we had nuclear meltdowns on Three Mile Island. We did what Americans always do in making progress — we found solutions and moved forward. But this is probably going to slow us down,” the governor said.

McDonnell held a conference with nearly 800 leaders from the energy industry in October 2010, "The Governor's Conference on Energy," to tout his message that Virginia will be the energy capital of the East. “I’ve been a very strong proponent of using all of Virginia’s resources — coal, natural gas, oil, wind, nuclear, offshore oil and gas, wind alternatives – all of these are a part of our quest for independence,” McDonnell told WTOP radio spring 2010. McDonnell also indicated favor towards nuclear power; as of October 2010, Virginia had two nuclear power plants in Surry County and Louisa County. McDonnell said he wants to add more: “Lynchburg, Va. can be the nuclear capital of America,” McDonnell told Virginia Statehouse News. “It’s clean — very few environmental concerns. Since the meltdown at Three-Mile Island, there have been tremendous technological advancements made. I think it’s a huge part of America’s future."[13]

Freezes and bonuses

McDonnell handed out a one-time bonus to state employees in 2010, but said they should not expect a permanent raise. State employees received a 3-percent bonus in late November 2010, their first pay boost of any kind in three years. The day before the bonus distribution, McDonnell applauded President Obama’s two-year freeze of federal worker’s wages and said the tough economic times call for austerity. “We got a $13.5 trillion national debt. Everybody understands now, federal spending is out of control. We’ve got to be able to rein things in,” McDonnel said on WTOP radio. "I think it’s a prudent step. It’s a good start, but they got to do a whole lot more than that if they want to get this budget deficit under control and restore fiscal responsibility in Washington.”[14]


One of Gov. McDonnell’s key issues as governor was Virginia transportation. In December 2010, McDonnell told the Governor’s Transportation Conference that he will spend $400 million on road construction immediately and ask to borrow nearly $3 billion more. “The more we build today, the better deal we provide to our citizens,” he told the gathering of lawmakers and highway industry representatives.

McDonnell said he would take advantage of the low highway-construction costs in late 2010 to early 2011. He planned to ask the General Assembly to pour money into the state’s transportation funding. The governor said the state had dropped the ball on transportation funding and indicated he intended to make that up with several measures. The transportation budget was cut multiple times in the years before McDonnell was inaugurated, totaling $6 billion in cuts, McDonnell said.

"Over the past two decades, state support for transportation has not kept up with our growth as a Commonwealth. This has led to more congestion, longer commutes and missed economic opportunities," McDonnell said. McDonnell intended to infuse a transportation infrastructure bank with cash, specifically $150 million from the budget surplus and $250 million from an audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation.[15]

$3 billion proposal

As part of his budget amendments, McDonnell said he wanted to help pay for $4 billion in new transportation spending by issuing $3 billion in bonds. A majority of the new bonds McDonnell suggested were already approved in 2007, but had yet to be sold. His hope was to raise $1.8 billion within three years by selling those bonds at twice the speed: $600 million per year instead of the original $300 million per year. “I don’t think that selling bonds that are already authorized, and are already built into our existing debt capacity models, getting the best deals in modern Virginia history and putting thousands of Virginians to work while doing it, should be that controversial,” McDonnell said.

Most legislators seemed to agree, but they were confused about the governor's wish to raise $1.1 billion by issuing a type of bonds called GARVEE bonds that are paid by the federal government to help fund pre-approved transportation projects.[16]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, McDonnell was ranked number 31. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[17][18]


Star Scientific

It was reported in April 2013 that the FBI was investigating whether McDonnell violated any laws by allowing Star Scientific to pay $15,000 for food and flowers at his daughter's 2011 wedding, which was held at the governor's mansion. When asked why he did not report the spending on his finance reports, McDonnell said the donation was a gift to his daughter, and per state law only gifts to officeholders have to be reported.[19]

The investigation of McDonnell is an offshoot of an investigation of securities transactions involving Star Scientific. The company, run by Jonnie R. Williams Sr, produces a dietary supplement called Anatabloc. Williams and Star Scientific have donated over $120,000 to McDonnell and his political action committee, along with other perks including allowing McDonnell to stay at Williams's lake house.[20]

Meanwhile, McDonnell and his wife have promoted Anatabloc and other products made by the company. According to Todd Schneider, former chef to the governor, McDonnell "[promoted] Star Scientific products, including the introduction of Anatabloc (a food supplement) to MCV doctors at a lunch Todd Schneider cooked at the mansion on Aug. 30, 2012."[19] (Schneider, it should be noted, is currently facing charges of stealing food from the governor's mansion.) Additionally, McDonnell's wife Maureen spoke at a seminar for scientists and investors in Florida three days before her daughter's wedding, where she spoke in support of Anatabloc.[19]

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who also has ties to Williams, appointed the Richmond commonwealth's attorney, Mike Herring, to act as special prosecutor in the case.[21]

In late June 2013, it came out that Williams purchased a $6,500 Rolex watch for McDonnell, which the governor did not disclose in his financial filings. Williams presented the gift in August 2011, just weeks after meeting with a state health official to discuss his company's products. The meeting was arranged by McDonnell's wife, Maureen, who suggested Williams purchase a Rolex for her to give to her husband.[22]

Shortly thereafter, sources speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigations, said that in 2012, Williams gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by McDonnell and his sister. That money went from a trust owned by Williams to MoBo Real Estate Parters, formed in 2005, and was not disclosed by McDonnell as a gift or loan. Additionally, Williams gave a $50,000 check to the governor's wife in 2011.[23]

In late August, more gifts from Williams to McDonnell became public, including winning a fashion tour of New York at a charity auction for the governor's wife, paying to fly the governor and his wife to Cape Cod over Labor Day weekend in 2012, and allowing McDonnell, his sons and staff to play golf and purchase gear at exclusive Richmond area country clubs. Those close to the investigation said McDonnell was aware of these, even though the governor's lawyers have argued he should not be charged with any crimes partially because he was unaware of these gifts.[24]

Calls for resignation

On July 2, 2013, state Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D) called for McDonnell to explain and return the gifts in question or resign. In a letter to the governor, Petersen said, “In return, it appears you allowed this person to use the Governor’s Mansion and the Governor’s Office for the purpose of giving unique credibility to his company. That is unacceptable.” In response, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin called the letter "blatantly political" and "not unexpected."[25]

Sen. Barbara Favola (D) went further on July 10, demanding McDonnell's resignation. “I don’t see the purpose of the governor continuing in office when the trust between his office and Virginians has been so eroded. When you’ve broken that ethical bond, I don’t know to what purpose he can really execute the activities of his office effectively at this point,” she stated.[26]

Del. Scott Surovell (D) added his voice on July 14, saying “The legislative branch has a sworn independent responsibility to address corruption and malfeasance when we see them independent of criminal investigations...If he has not resigned by the end of this week, then other measures should be on the table.”[27]

On August 20, McDonnell made it clear that he would not leave office early, stating, "I’m going to be governor of Virginia for another ­4½ months."[28]

Apologizes, repays loans

On July 23, 2013, McDonnell announced he repaid more than $120,000 in loans to Williams, offering an apology via Twitter: “I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence. I hope today’s action is another step toward that end.” The repayment was for the $50,000 loan made to McDonnell’s wife, and the $70,000 loan to the company McDonnell co-owns.[29]

McDonnell’s statement did not address any of the gifts from Williams and, while seen as a positive first step, did not silence his critics who continue to argue he should step down.


On January 21, 2014, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were indicted on 14 counts of fraud and conspiracy related to the Star Scientific controversies.[30][31]

"I deeply regret accepting legal gifts and loans from Mr. Williams, all of which have been repaid with interest, and I have apologized for my poor judgment for which I take full responsibility. However, I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship," McDonnell said in a statement to the Washington Post.[31]

The federal indictment described the gifts received from Williams and accused the McDonnells of using their position of power for their own gain. “The defendants participated in a scheme to use Robert McDonnell’s official position as the governor of Virginia to enrich the defendants and their family members by soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from [Williams] and Star Scientific,” the prosecutors allege. The governor's office was also allegedly “performing official actions on an as-needed basis, as opportunities arose, to legitimize, promote, and obtain research studies for Star Scientific’s products, including Anatabloc.[30]

Bob and Maureen McDonnell were charged with:

  • One count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud
  • Three counts of honest-services wire fraud
  • One count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right
  • Six counts of obtaining property under color of official right
  • One count of making false statements to a federal credit union

Bob McDonnell was also charged with making a false statement to a financial institution while Maureen was also charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.[32]

The full text of the 43-page indictment can be found here.[33]

Course of the trial

The McDonnells' trial began on July 29, 2014. In the defense's opening statement, they indicated that their strategy was to show that Bob and Maureen had drifted apart and that they could not have conspired as the prosecution charges.[34] The first witness called by the prosecution was the head of Star Scientific, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., who had allegedly provided $165,000 worth of goods and cash to the McDonnells to promote Star Scientific's interests. These transactions are the basis for the indictments against the McDonnells and Williams's testimony is very important to the prosecution's case.[35][36] Williams's testimony, which centered around his descriptions of transactions with the McDonnells, was followed up by supporting testimony from his assistant, Jerri Fulkerson.[36]

On August 20, 2014, Bob McDonnell himself took the stand. His testimony supported the defense's claims that Bob and Maureen McDonnell's marriage was "a mess."[37] He testified that, as early as the night he won the governorship, Maureen was not happy with her role as first lady. With the prosecution trying to connect Bob McDonnell with Star Scientific, McDonnell rejected their claims, testifying that he had done less for Star Scientific than for other Virginia companies and that all his support had been a routine part of supporting Virginia businesses in general.

Conviction and sentencing

On September 4, 2014, the McDonnells were convicted on conspiracy charges after three days of deliberations by the jury. Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 counts related to charges of conspiracy, while Maureen McDonnell was convicted on eight conspiracy charges and a charge of obstruction of official proceeding. Defense attorney Henry Asbil stated that the couple would appeal the verdict in a press conference following the jury's decision.[38][39] The appeal focused on the definition of an "official act" and the judge's "instructions to the jury on what constitutes an official act."[40] The defense argued that Bob McDonnell's support for Star Scientific was routine and that the verdict resulted from an overly broad conception of "official acts."

McDonnell was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison by federal judge James Spencer on January 6, 2015. Spencer also ordered 24 months of court-administered supervision. McDonnell argued that while his time in the governor's mansion was "unbalanced," he would recommit his life to public service after the completion of his sentence. Spencer noted that a flood of sympathetic letters and testimony during sentencing lessened the length of the sentence, though he also said that "a price must be paid." McDonnell was ordered to turn himself into custody by February 9, 2015.[41] On February 20, Maureen McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison by Judge Spencer.[42]

Taxpayer money for personal items

In June 2013, The Washington Post reported on their Freedom of Information Act request detailing records of personal expenses covered by the state of Virginia for McDonnell and his wife during their 3 1/2 years living in the executive mansion. The records show that during their first six months the couple billed numerous items to taxpayers that they shouldn't have, including deodorant, shoe repairs and dry cleaning for their children. They were asked to pay back the state $317.27, which they did, and reminded what is and is not covered. Afterwards, however, the couple continued to charge personal items to taxpayers. The extent was unclear as the state only released 16 sales receipts, mostly from 2011. Along with this, records showed that they also used state employees to run personal errands for them and their children.[43]

On July 5, McDonnell reimbursed the commonwealth for expenses totaling $2,390.55. In an accompanying memo, McDonnell stated he believed such expenditures were “generally permissible since the state guidelines contain no prohibition and such expenses maybe customary for first families with a returning college student,” going on to say, "I will now pay to ensure that there is no question that any potential personal expense has been reimbursed."[44]

Attorney General of Virginia (2006-2009)

McDonnell won the election for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005, narrowly defeating state Senator Creigh Deeds by just 323 votes.[45]

Virginia House of Delegates (1992-2006)

McDonnell was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1992 and served seven terms representing the 84th District. He served as chair of the Courts of Justice Committee, co-chair of the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, and as Assistant Majority Leader.


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bob McDonnell endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [46]

On The Issues Vote Match

Bob McDonnell's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, McDonnell is a Hard-Core Conservative. McDonnell received a score of 15 percent on social issues and 78 percent on economic issues.[47]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[48]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[47] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



In 2009, McDonnell defeated state Sen. Creigh Deeds to win Virginia's gubernatorial election. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave McDonnell substantial support, giving $972,877 to his campaign. Four year prior, the Chamber had given $400,000 towards Republican Jerry Kilgore’s failed bid for governor.[49]

Governor of Virginia, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob McDonnell 58.6% 1,163,651
     Democratic R. Creigh Deeds 41.3% 818,950
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 2,502
Total Votes 1,985,103


In 2005, McDonnell ran for Attorney General of Virginia. The first result showed him with a victory of 323 votes, out of over 1.9 million votes cast, over opponent Creigh Deeds. Deeds went on to file for a recount, which began on December 20, 2005. After preliminary figures revealed 37 additional votes for McDonnell, Deeds conceded, giving McDonnell a 360 vote margin of victory.[50]

Attorney General of Virginia, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Robert F. McDonnell 50% 970,886
     Democratic R. Creigh Deeds 49.9% 970,563
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,801
Total Votes 1,943,250
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McDonnell is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, McDonnell raised a total of $29,850,503 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2013.[51]

Bob McDonnell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Virginia Not up for election $18,705
2009 Governor of Virginia Won $24,049,371
2005 Virginia Attorney General Won $5,527,568
2003 VA House of Delegates Won $141,067
2001 VA House of Delegates Won $113,792
1999 VA House of Delegates Won $0
Grand Total Raised $29,850,503


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Bob McDonnell's donors each year.[52] Click [show] for more information.


McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have five children.

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  24. Washington Post, "Gov. McDonnell described as aware of gifts from Virginia businessman," August 31, 2013
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  42. The New York Times, "Former First Lady of Virginia Is Sentenced to Prison for Graft," February 20, 2015
  43. Washington Post, "Mansion spending records indicate improper billing by Virginia governor and his family," June 16, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Attorney General of Virginia
Succeeded by
Bill Mims
Preceded by
Tim Kaine (D)
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Terry McAuliffe