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Jim Gilmore
Governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore at -FITN in Nashua, NH (17009069597) (cropped).jpg
68th Governor of Virginia
In office
January 17, 1998 – January 12, 2002
Lieutenant John Hager
Preceded by George Allen
Succeeded by Mark Warner
58th Chairperson of the Republican National Committee
In office
January 18, 2001 – December 5, 2001
Preceded by Jim Nicholson
Succeeded by Marc Racicot
38th Attorney General of Virginia
In office
January 15, 1994 – June 11, 1997
Governor George Allen
Preceded by Stephen Rosenthal
Succeeded by Richard Cullen
Personal details
James Stuart Gilmore III

October 6, 1949 (1949-10-06) (age 71)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Roxane Gatling (m. 1977)
Alma mater University of Virginia
Awards Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1971–1974
Unit 650th Military Intelligence Group

James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III (born October 6, 1949) is an American politician. He was the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. He is a member of the Republican Party.

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.

Early life

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.

Early career

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.

Personal life

Gilmore has been married to Roxane Gatling since 1977. Together, they have two sons.

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