McLean, Virginia , United States
|| February 09, 1957
Oct 27, 2011 01:38pm
|Info||Terry McAuliffe was elected Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in February 2001. He has re-energized and revitalized the Party, using new state of the art technology to connect grassroots activists with the Party's new information infrastructure. McAuliffe's "Project 5104" is the DNC's strategic plan to combine new technology with proven strategies for delivering message, mobilizing voters, and raising money. Project 5104 will ensure that our nominee for president has the best foundation upon which to build a victory. |
Building on his promise of "A New Day at the DNC", McAuliffe developed a redistricting project to support the state parties during the reapportionment process; a new Women's Vote Center to revolutionize the Party's outreach to women voters; and a multifaceted Hispanic outreach program to communicate to the fastest growing ethnic group in the Nation.
To ensure that the voter disenfranchisement of the 2000 election never happens again, McAuliffe commissioned the DNC's Voting Rights Institute, which sent thousands of lawyers into the field in 2002 and set up a national voter assistance hotline. In addition to increasing voting participation within key communities, McAuliffe spearheaded the "Every Vote Counts" voter registration and turnout campaign.
McAuliffe has focused heavily on strengthening and communicating with the Party's grass roots. His technology project was a top-to-bottom overhaul of the Democratic Party's approach to doing business, linking millions of activists across the country, and increasing the Party's small donor base by 70%. In March 2003, McAuliffe spearheaded the creation of the African American Leadership Council (AALC) as part of a comprehensive effort to recognize the vast contributions of the African American community to the Democratic Party.
For the first time in Democratic Party history, under the leadership of Chairman McAuliffe, the DNC is debt free. The new 21st century Democratic Headquarters on Capitol Hill has been prepaid, therefore every dollar raised by the DNC during this cycle will be spent to win back the White House in 2004.
For Terry McAuliffe, love of politics and the Democratic Party is a family value. When he was growing up in Syracuse, New York, his father served as Treasurer of the County Democratic organization. From an early age, McAuliffe walked precincts and attended Party functions with his father.
After graduating from Catholic University of America, McAuliffe immediately became active in national politics, signing on with the Carter-Mondale Reelection Committee. It was during this campaign that he wrestled an alligator on a dare from a fund-raising prospect and he has been wrestling with tough challenges ever since. He has served as Finance Director of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, National Finance Chairman and then National Co-Chairman of the Clinton-Gore re-election committee. He also served as the Chairman of the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2000, McAuliffe chaired the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles &8212; the convention that helped give the Democratic ticket a 20-point bounce in the polls, on its way to a popular vote victory in the fall.
McAuliffe has been a successful entrepreneur since he started his first business, McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, when he was only 14 years old. He is an attorney, having received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984, and a business leader in the fields of banking, insurance, marketing and real estate.
Terry McAuliffe is married to the former Dorothy Swann and they have five children: Dori (12), Jack (10), Mary (9), Sally (4) and Peter (1). The family lives in McLean, Virginia.