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|68th Governor of Virginia|
January 17, 1998 – January 12, 2002
|Preceded by||George Allen|
|Succeeded by||Mark Warner|
|58th Chairperson of the Republican National Committee|
January 18, 2001 – December 5, 2001
|Preceded by||Jim Nicholson|
|Succeeded by||Marc Racicot|
|38th Attorney General of Virginia|
January 15, 1994 – June 11, 1997
|Preceded by||Stephen Rosenthal|
|Succeeded by||Richard Cullen|
James Stuart Gilmore III
October 6, 1949
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Roxane Gatling (m. 1977)
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
|Awards||Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1971–1974|
|Unit||650th Military Intelligence Group|
Gilmore ran for President of the United States in 2008, but lost the primaries to John McCain. Gilmore announced his launch for his 2016 United States presidential campaign on July 30, 2015. He withdrew after poor polling numbers on February 12, 2016.
Gilmore was born in Richmond, Virginia. His parents were Margaret Evelyn (née Kandle), a church secretary, and James Stuart Gilmore, Jr., a grocery store meat cutter. He graduated from John Randolph Tucker High School and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1971.
Gilmore was elected Commonwealth's Attorney of his native Henrico County in 1987 and 1991, and then was first elected to statewide office in 1993 as Virginia's Attorney General. Gilmore resigned in 1997 to run for Governor, also joining the law firm of LeClairRyan as a partner.
Governor of Virginia (1998-2002)
Gilmore was elected Governor of Virginia in 1997, winning 56% of the vote to Beyer's 43%. He was inaugurated on January 17, 1998.
In his first year as Governor, Gilmore pushed for car tax reduction legislation that was eventually passed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. Gilmore signed an executive order reducing state spending by all agencies, except for education, to keep the state's budget balanced during the economic downturn.
In 1999, Gilmore proposed and signed into law legislation that reduced tuitions at public colleges and universities by 20%. Gilmore created the nation's first state Secretary of Technology.
The Virginia Constitution forbids any Governor from serving consecutive terms, so Gilmore could not run for a second term in 2001. He was succeeded by Democrat Mark Warner, who took office in early 2002.
2008 Senate campaign
In the November election, Gilmore was defeated, winning only 34 percent of the vote to Warner's 65 percent. Gilmore only carried four counties in the state – Rockingham, Augusta, Powhatan and Hanover. In many cases, he lost in many areas of the state that are normally reliably Republican.
2008 presidential campaign
On December 19, 2006, Gilmore announced he would form an exploratory committee to "fill the conservative void" in the race. On January 9, 2007, Gilmore officially filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form the Jim Gilmore for President Exploratory Committee.
On July 14, 2007, Gilmore announced that he was ending his campaign. Gilmore said that it would be "impractical" to run, citing the difficulty of raising enough money to be competitive in early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
2016 presidential campaign
Gilmore announced that he will run for president in his second presidential campaign for the 2016 presidential election on July 30, 2015. He withdrew after the New Hampshire primary due to poor debate and polling performances on February 12, 2016.
Gilmore has been married to Roxane Gatling since 1977. Together, they have two sons.
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