Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe is a businessman, entrepreneur, and Democratic Party leader from Fairfax County. For over 30 years, Terry has been fighting to create jobs, improve health care and education, and build a better future.
The youngest of four boys, Terry knew he would need to pay his own way through college so, at age 14, he started a business—the first of many successful businesses he would create throughout his life. At the age of 30, he was elected chairman of a struggling community bank that was on the verge of liquidation, and he turned it around. Later he took over and saved a large home building company that was on the brink of bankruptcy.
Terry has also been active as a volunteer for Democratic candidates and causes. He served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee where he brought his pragmatic, businessman’s approach to politics. As DNC Chairman, Terry increased grassroots outreach with supporters, got the Party out of debt, and invested in new technology. He has also served as a vocal advocate for working families across the country and Democratic Party principles, like fighting to end our nation’s reliance on foreign oil and develop renewable energy sources that are better for the environment and can create good jobs.
Terry has traveled to every corner of the commonwealth, listening to Virginians, and sharing his vision about how to grow the economy, create more jobs, and decrease the cost of living. As Governor, Terry will build on the progress and leadership of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine – Governors who brought business and executive experience to Richmond, but who also knew that not every good idea comes out of Richmond. Terry would bring that same kind of experience to leading Virginia. Over the years, Terry has worked with people from all walks of life and different political stripes. In business and in politics, he’s been guided by his commitment to putting people first.
Nearly 20 years ago, Terry and his wife Dorothy chose Virginia as their home. They live with their five children in Fairfax County, where they attend St. Luke Catholic Church. Terry is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and the McAuliffes are also active in and supportive of community and charitable groups, including Catholic Charities, McLean Little League, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Epilepsy Foundation, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation, and Knock Out Abuse.
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