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Robert Francis “Bob” McDonnell (born June 15, 1954) was inaugurated on January 16, 2010 as the 71st Governor of Virginia. He also serves on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. McDonnel was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1993 to 2006 and was Attorney General of Virginia from 2006 to 2009.
McDonnell was elected Governor of Virginia on the back of the campaign slogan, “Bob’s for Jobs”, defeating Democratic state Senator Creigh Deeds by a 17-point margin in a 2009 general election marked by the late-2000s recession. McDonnell succeeded Democrat Tim Kaine.
Since taking office, McDonnell has pushed for privatization and promoted offshore drilling for Virginia. He moved to extend a contract to outsource the state’s computer operations and has sought to fund transportation improvements from non-traditional revenues sources including the proposal to auction-off Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control liquor stores. The state’s unemployment rate declined from 7.4% (the highest in Virginia’s history) to 5.2% in April 2013. McDonnell is ranked as one of the most liked and respected governors in the nation.