Bob McDonnell biography

Bob McDonnell


1954 –


Who is Bob McDonnell?

Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell is a Republican politician. He was the 71st Governor of Virginia. McDonnell served on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. McDonnell was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 to 2006, and was Attorney General of Virginia from 2006 to 2009.

McDonnell was elected Governor of Virginia on the back of the campaign slogan, "Bob's for Jobs", defeating Democratic state Senator Creigh Deeds by a 17-point margin in a 2009 general election marked by the late-2000s recession. McDonnell succeeded Democrat Tim Kaine. Due to Virginia law, he was not allowed to run for reelection as the state does not allow any sitting governor to serve more than one term at a time.

Since taking office, McDonnell had pushed for privatization and promoted offshore drilling for Virginia. He moved to extend a contract to outsource the state's computer operations and has sought to fund transportation improvements from non-traditional revenues sources including the proposal to auction-off Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control liquor stores. The state's unemployment rate declined from 7.4% in January 2010, when McDonnell took office, to 5.2% in December 2013, similar to the decline in percentage terms in the national unemployment rate from 9.8% to 6.7% during the same period.


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Jun 15, 1954
  • Catholicism
  • United States of America
  • Master of Science, Boston University
    Business Administration
    ( - 1980)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Notre Dame
    ( - 1976)
  • Master of Arts, Regent University
    ( - 1989)
  • Juris Doctor, Regent University
    ( - 1989)
  • Boston University School of Management
  • Mendoza College of Business
Lived in
  • Virginia Beach
  • Governor's Mansion

on July 23, 2013

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