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.

Ralph Northam

Current Position: Governor since 2018
Former: Lt. Governor from 2014 - 2018
Former: State Senator for VA Senate District 6 from 2008 - 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
"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."

Terry McAullife

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor from 2018 - 2018
Former: Governor from 2014 - 2018
Former: Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 - 2005
Former: Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Mark Warner

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Former: Governor from 2002 - 2006
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 US Senator

Mission Statement: N/A

Tim Kaine

Current Position: US Senator since 2013
Former: Governor from 2006 - 2010
Former: Lt. Governor from 2002 - 2006
Former: Mayor from 1998 - 2001
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 US Senator

Mission Statement:
"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."

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