Terry McAuliffe

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Terry McAuliffe
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Governor of Virginia
In office
January 11, 2014-present
Term ends
Years in position 1
Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Base salary$175,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalTerm-limited
Term limitsNo consecutive terms
Bachelor'sCatholic University
J.D.Georgetown Law School
Place of birthSyracuse, New York
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (b. February 9, 1957, in Syracuse, New York) is the Democratic Governor of Virginia.[1] He ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary election and defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) was ineligible for re-election because of Virginia's strict term-limit laws which prohibit the governor from serving two consecutive terms.

The 2013 election marked McAuliffe's second bid for the governorship in Virginia; he ran for the office in 2009, finishing a distant second in the Democratic primary behind Creigh Deeds, who lost to McDonnell in the general election.[2]

McAuliffe's campaign website emphasized three types of jobs he would promote if elected. He listed public education, efficient transportation and energy jobs as priority areas.[3]

A successful businessman and active member of his party on both the state and national level, McAuliffe served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005. He was also co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.[4]

In 2009, McAuliffe was a defendant in the lawsuit, Nader v. McAuliffe, in which Nader alleged that McAuliffe and others conspired to deny Nader ballot access in his 2004 presidential bid. The court later rejected the allegations and dismissed the case.[5]


McAuliffe is the son of World War II U.S. Army Captain Jack McAuliffe and Millie McAuliffe, and the youngest of four brothers. A Syracuse, New York, native, he was brought up in a working-class environment and began a business paving driveways for nearby homes and businesses at age 14 to help fund his college education. After graduating from high school, McAuliffe, a lifelong Catholic, earned his bachelor's degree from Catholic University. He later received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School.[6]

He went on to become a businessman, political adviser for the Democratic Party and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, serving from 2001 to 2005. He served as co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree - Catholic University
  • Juris Doctor - Georgetown Law School

Political career

Governor of Virginia (2014 - Present)

McAuliffe was elected Governor of Virginia in 2013. He was sworn into office on January 11, 2014.

Voting rights for felons

In April 2014, McAuliffe announced several reforms to help felons regain voting rights, including shorting the waiting time for some offenders and removing the waiting period altogether for those convicted of drug-related offenses. McAuliffe claimed to have restored the voting rights of 800 people since taking office, building on the efforts of his predecessor, former Gov. Bob McDonnell.[7]

On The Issues Vote Match

Terry McAuliffe's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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See also: Virginia gubernatorial election, 2013

McAuliffe won election to the state executive office of Governor of Virginia in 2013.[9] McAuliffe ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the June 11 primary. Then, on November 5, 2013, he defeated outgoing Republican state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election.[10][11] After an unexpectedly close race at the end of a long season filled with campaign attack ads from both sides, McAuliffe spoke of the two parties working together. “The truth is, this election was never a choice between Democrats and Republicans,” McAuliffe said. “It was a choice about whether Virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade.”[12]

  • General Election - 2013 Governor's Race
Virginia Gubernatorial General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry McAuliffe 47.8% 1,069,789
     Republican Ken Cuccinelli 45.2% 1,013,354
     Libertarian Robert Sarvis 6.5% 146,084
     N/A Write-in 0.5% 11,087
Total Votes 2,240,314
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.

Race background

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) was ineligible to run for re-election in 2013 because of term limits. 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.

There are no such term limits on the attorney general, and many were surprised at fomer AG Ken Cuccinelli's (R) decision to run for governor, rather than seek another term. If not for Cuccinelli, outgoing Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would have been the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to succeed McDonnell.[13] Due to the decision by the Republican Party of Virginia to change their candidate nomination method from open primary election to closed nominating convention starting in 2013, and "tea party darling" Cuccinelli's presence in the race, Bolling withdrew his bid for the GOP nod in November 2012.[14][15] About the alternative of seeking re-election to his current post, Bolling stated that “Under normal circumstances, I would be open to the possibility of running for another term as lieutenant governor, but I would not be interested in running on a statewide ticket with Mr. Cuccinelli.”[16] He later said he regretted dropping out of the race as early as he did.[17]

McDonnell had previously pledged his support for Bolling's candidacy, in part because Bolling refrained from challenging McDonnell for governor in 2009. After Bolling bowed out, McDonnell chose to endorse fellow Republican Cuccinelli for his successor, despite Cuccinelli's outspoken opposition to McDonnell's Transportation Initiative, which was considered to be the centerpiece of his gubernatorial legacy. Ironically, Cuccinelli's future general election opponent, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, had been equally outspoken on the issue, but as an advocate and defender of the outgoing governor's approach to amending the state's transportation funding policy.[18][19][20]

In response to the major party picks, the Libertarian Party held a special convention and nominated Robert Sarvis as the party's official gubernatorial candidate.[21]

Like Cuccinelli and Sarvis, McAuliffe faced no primary opponent. Days from the election, McAuliffe held a comfortable polling and fundraising lead over Cuccinelli and Sarvis. Aggregated polling data had the Democratic nominee with an average edge of seven percentage points over Cuccinelli--an advantage that could have been attributed in large part to female voters' 58-34 preference of McAuliffe, since he and Cuccinelli were almost neck-and-neck among men.[22][23] During the last campaign finance reporting period, ending October 28, McAuliffe reported raising $8.1 million to Cuccinelli's $2.9 million, and holding $1.6 million in cash on hand, which was twice the size of Cuccinelli's warchest. Sarvis was trailing both with a reported $81,595 raised and $58,584 on hand.[24][25][26] Hillary Clinton's decision to come out in support of McAuliffe on October 19 - marking her first campaign event appearance since stepping down as U.S. Secretary of State - further enhanced the Democrat's frontrunner status.[27] Former President Bill Clinton threw in his support soon thereafter, followed by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who joined the McAuliffe campaign effort in the final week of the election season.[28]

The three contenders squared off in the general election on November 5, 2013, which McAuliffe won by a margin of 2.6% percentage points.[29]

Impact of US government shutdown on governor's race

The high profile federal government shutdown coincided with the home stretch of the expensive and high-profile 2013 Virginia governor race, which created a fresh backdrop for the battle between major party nominees Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R), and provided a brand new context in which to undermine each candidate's character and leadership potential.[30] Each campaign released an ad during the aftermath of the shutdown, which arrived on the heels of the candidates' second debate.[31]

With the nation paying close attention to its government in light of the perceived failure of Congress to work together in the best interests of their constituents, McAuliffe and Cuccinelli's ads each highlighted features of his opponent which most closely mirrored the type of stubbornness displayed by the House and Senate leading up to the shutdown, and to which the general public was, at that moment, so sensitively attuned. That moment, to be more specific, was one month before the general election. As the competition stood, McAuliffe had an overall average lead in the polls of 5.3 points over his Republican foe.[32]

Hoping to use the shutdown to further advance his edge by painting Cuccinelli in with the GOP ideologues in Congress, McAuliffe's ad emphasized Cuccinelli's strong ties to tea party leader U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), since Cruz was an outspoken supporter both of Cuccinelli and the far-right congressional insurgency which, in seeking to defund Obamacare, was regarded as causing the shutdown. The ad cited Cuccinelli's past effort to defund Planned Parenthood, apparently bringing the Virginia legislature "to a standstill," and also claimed Cuccinelli had been sufficiently opposed to Mark Warner's 2004 budget to call for a shutdown of the state government.[33]

Cuccinelli's ad aimed to discredit McAuliffe by referencing articles from The Washington Post and the Richmond-Times Dispatch criticizing McAuliffe's prospective budget plan, which he had allegedly threatened he would shut down the government over in order to get the plan passed. The radio spot also accused McAuliffe of being "against compromise, against working together to find solutions,” and noted how the Democrat sided with his fellow party members in Congress who had vocally dismissed opportunities to collaborate with the Republicans to avert shutdown.[34][35]

A unique opportunity was identified for the solo third party candidate in the race, Libertarian Robert Sarvis, in the shutdown atmosphere, where disillusionment with the standard of government operation ran rampant. Had Sarvis not been barred from participating in the third debate with McAuliffe and Cuccinelli, it was thought that he could have used the reflected spotlight to lure substantial number of voters who, already frustrated by Congress' showcase of two-party gridlock, would be more sympathetic than usual to a non-major party nominee.

"People are looking for other options they don't like what they have to see from those two parties and we're trying to fill that void with principled advocacy for more freedom in our economic sphere and personal lives," stated Sarvis. His passive warning about "obvious dysfunction of our [federal] government" also existing on the state and local level could have had an especially profound impact on swing voters and the average 9% of voters who were still polling as undecided at the beginning of November.[36][37]


GreenTech Automotive

Prior to becoming governor, McAuliffe founded an electric car company called GreenTech Automotive, which sought overseas investors through a federal program run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program, known as EB-5, allows foreign workers to gain special visas if they contribute at least $500,000 towards the creation of U.S. jobs. Frustrated with the processing speed of the department, McAuliffe sought faster review for his company's request for more than 200 visas through EB-5. On December 15, 2010, McAuliffe wrote a letter to former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for assistance to speed the consideration of GreenTech's petition for visas. McAuliffe also repeatedly contacted Alejandro Mayorkas, now a top official for DHS, regarding the slow movement of the requested visas.[38]

During hearings related to Mayorkas's promotion to his high-ranking position at DHS, six whistleblowers came forward to the inspector general about the favoritism shown in expediting the visas requested by McAuliffe. A report issued on March 24, 2015, by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security found that McAuliffe was given special treatment through DHS for the visas, and that Mayorkas had "created an appearance of favoritism and special access" in the department. The report, however, ultimately did not find evidence of law-breaking.[39][38]

GreenTech had previously undergone an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2013, when Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) revealed government documents that implicated McAuliffe in special treatment through DHS. McAuliffe was also entrenched in the controversy surrounding GreenTech's financial misconduct, as reported by Watchdog beginning in December 2012.[40][41][39]

Due to its poor performance and its employment of Hillary Clinton's brother, who handled the company's capital and is thus the target of the investigation, the well-publicized environmental venture marked a blemish on McAuliffe's campaign platform to reinvigorate the state's economy using business knowledge and experience as a successful job creator. Developments linking McAuliffe to the suspected fraud made that blemish more pronounced.[42] Less than one month before McAuliffe's victory in the November 2013 gubernatorial election, Watchdog published new e-mail evidence pointing to his involvement in GreenTech's practice of leaning on the Department of Homeland Security to expedite their funding requests. The e-mails were made available by FOIA, and included exchanges between McAuliffe and former secretary Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff in November 2012, as well as one between high level staff at DHS urging visas to be expedited to avoid a GreenTech threatened "shutdown" of a plant in Mississippi if EB-5 applications were not approved immediately.[41]


Campaign themes

McAuliffe outlined his plans for handling the following issues, if elected governor, on his official campaign website:

  • Jobs and the Economy:

"There are millions of cutting-edge energy jobs waiting to be created, and we need them here in Virginia."[3]

  • Education:

"Total funding per student is down even as we’ve got more and more students entering our system. Only 87% of our kids are graduating high school on time. As Governor, I will support our kids and our schools. We’re going to take the best ideas from around the country and give teachers and administrators the resources and freedom they need to make Virginia a global leader in education."[43]

  • Transportation:

"Virginia is a great place for business but one of the things holding us back from the top is an infrastructure system that can feel outdated and inefficient."

"By focusing on projects that best serve the economic travel needs of our citizens and businesses — along with key safety improvements — we will ensure that those rail, road, and bridge projects that absolutely must get done do get done. Second, we need to incentivize regional planning and implementation of smart growth planning."[44]

  • Healthcare:

"Expanding Medicaid will cover nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians. Covering the uninsured will also help reduce health care costs for those with insurance already."[45]

  • Veterans' Health:

"For their physical health, veterans need better access to services and a state government willing to fight for them with the VA. As Governor I will do everything in my power to provide bridge healthcare services while veterans wait for VA care and I will push for reforms at the federal level to improve this system."[46]

  • Women:

"I strongly believe that women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from Washington or Richmond."[47]


McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial campaign was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:[48][49]

  • President Barack Obama[50]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama[51]
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton[52]
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton[53]
  • Republican mayor of Virginia Beach Will Sessoms[54]
  • Republican former Virginia Del. Vince Callahan
  • Democratic Mayors Paul Fraim (Norfolk) and McKinley Price (Newport)
  • Republican Mayor Will Sessoms (Virginia Beach)
  • U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
  • Former Independent Delegate Katherine Waddell
  • U.S. Senator Mark Warner
  • Former Independent Delegate Watkins Abbitt[55]
  • Former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong
  • Former Republican Governor of Virginia Linwood Holton.
Holton decided to endorse McAuliffe over his party's nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, because he said he believes McAuliffe "will put partisan politics aside and work every day to move Virginia forward."[56][57]
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • League of Conversation Voters
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia
  • Virginia Professional Firefighters
  • Virginia Education Association
  • Equality VA


All candidates

Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Christopher Newport University Poll of Likely Voters
(October 25-30, 2013)
Emerson College Poll
(October 25-20, 2013)
AVERAGES 43.5% 39% 11.5% 6% +/-3.12 956
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll/Harper
(October 5-6, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 2-8, 2013)
NBC4/NBC News/Marist Poll
(October 13-15, 2013)
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(October 20, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 15-21, 2013)
Wenzel Strategies
(October 21-22, 2013)
Old Dominion University Poll
Public Policy Poll (Early voters)
(October 19-20, 26-27, 2013)
Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Poll
(October 24-27, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 30, 2013)
AVERAGES 46.9% 38.1% 8.4% 5.6% +/-2.31 969.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Virginia: All candidates
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Robert Sarvis (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(July 11-14, 2013)
Emerson College Poll
(August 23-28, 2013)
League of Women Voters/Public Policy Polling
(August 27-28, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(September 9-15, 2013)
Harper Polling/Conservative Intel
(September 15-16, 2013)
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
NBC News/Marist Poll
(September 17-19, 2013)
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(September 23, 2013)
Christopher Newport Poll
(October 1-6, 2013)
AVERAGES 42.8% 37.7% 8.1% 10.5% +/-2.73 710.7
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

McAuliffe vs. Cuccinelli only

Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (June 2013 - present)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports Poll
(June 5-6, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(July 11-15, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(August 14-19, 2013)
Internal Poll
(August 13-18, 2013)
Rasmussen Reports
(September 3-4, 2013)
Purple Strategies Poll
(September 6-10, 2013)
Washington Post-Abt SRBI poll
(September 19-22, 2013)
Public Policy Poll/Harper
(October 5-6, 2013)
AVERAGES 46.5% 41% 10.88% +/-3.36 764.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Virginia: Cuccinelli v. McAuliffe (February 2013 - May 2013)
Poll Terry McAuliffe (D) Ken Cuccinelli (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Feb. 14-18, 2013)
Roanoke College Poll
(April 8-14, 2013)
Washington Post (Registered Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
Washington Post (Likely Voters)
(April 29-May 2, 2013)
NBC News/Marist Poll
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
Quinnipiac University
(May 8-13, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-26, 2013)
AVERAGES 39.57% 40.71% 19.14% +/-3.49 906.29
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Campaign finance

Terry McAuliffe[58] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$5,427,906.50$1,940,051.66$(6,259,712.87)$6,012,697.51
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$1,823,195.10$8,126,073.18$(8,333,747.15)$1,615,521.13
Running totals


McAuliffe ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Virginia in 2009, losing in the Democratic primary election to State Senator Creigh Deeds.

  • 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Election - Democratic Primary
Governor of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2009
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCreigh Deeds 49.8% 158,845
Terry McAuliffe 26.4% 84,387
Brian J. Moran 23.8% 75,936
Total Votes 319,168
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.


McAuliffe currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia. He and his wife, Dorothy, have five children: Dori, Jack, Mary, Sally, and Peter.[6]

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Bob McDonnell (R)
Governor of Virginia
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