Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American businessman, Democratic politician and the 72nd Governor of Virginia. He previously served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. His first run for office was in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election, when he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, he won the Democratic primary unopposed. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, in the general election, with 48% of the vote. He assumed his gubernatorial duties on January 11, 2014.
McAuliffe, the son of Millie and Jack McAuliffe, was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. His father was a real estate agent and local Democratic politician. The family is of Irish Catholic descent.
He graduated from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in 1975. In 1979, he earned a bachelor's degree from The Catholic University of America where he served as a Resident Adviser. After graduating, McAuliffe worked at President Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign; he became the national finance director at twenty-two. Following the campaign, McAuliffe enrolled at the Georgetown University Law Center, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1984...
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