Governor of Virginia

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term. The current holder of the office is Democrat Ralph Northam, who was sworn in on January 13, 2018.

Candidates for governor must be United States citizens who have resided in Virginia and been a registered voter for five years prior to the election in which they are running. The candidates must be at least 30 years of age.

Unlike other state governors, Virginia governors are not allowed to serve consecutive terms.  To get on the ballot for Governor of Virginia, each candidate must file 10 000 signatures, including the signatures of at least 400 qualified voters from each 11 congressional districts in the Commonwealth.

The Governor of Virginia is addressed as "The Honorable", but may occasionally be referred to as "Excellency" if ceremonially appropriate.

Current Position: Governor since 2018

Former Positions: Lt. Governor; State Senator for VA Senate District 6

Affiliation: Democrat

"Governor Northam approaches public service with the same passion he brought to his military and medical service. He is committed to working with leaders from both parties to build a Virginia that works better for every family, no matter who they are or where they live."

Tim Kaine

Current Position: US Senator since 2013

Former Positions: Governor; Lt. Governor; Mayor

Affiliation: Democrat

"Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. Tim believes that health care is a right ... and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care."

Terry McAullife

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor from 2018 - 2018

Former Positions: Governor; Chair, Democratic National Committee; Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign

Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Mark Warner

Current Position: US Senator since 2009

Former Positions: Governor

Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

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