Former Governor of Virginia
Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia and Former Chairman of Democratic National Committee. In politics and business, Terry McAuliffe has worked with people from all walks of life and different political backgrounds. The youngest child growing up in a middle class family, McAuliffe has been a lifelong entrepreneur. At age 14, he started a business paving driveways for neighbors and local businesses. Since then, he has worked with and led dozens of businesses in diverse sectors of the economy helping to improve companies and create economic opportunity. McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy were married in 1988. They have five children.
He entered national politics at the age of 23 as the national finance director for President Jimmy Carter.
He was elected Democratic National Committee chairman in 2000 and served until 2005. He co-chaired President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign for reelection and his 1997 Presidential Inauguration. He was also chairman of the 2000 Democratic National Convention and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.
President Obama appointed McAuliffe to the NGA’s Council of Governors to provide advice on national security matters. McAuliffe also served on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee as the State Engagement Chair to combat gerrymandering and to ensure fair voting districts.
In December 2017, McAuliffe was named “Public Official of the Year” by GOVERNING magazine. He currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
In June 2019, McAuliffe was named a CNN Commentator. McAuliffe is the New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author of What A Party! My Life among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals published in January 2008. In July 2019, his second New York Times and Washington Post bestselling book Beyond Charlottesville: Taking A Stand Against White Nationalism, was published.