Richmond, Virginia , United States
|| October 06, 1949
|Last Modifed||Rob Ritchie|
Dec 16, 2017 02:37pm
Caucasian - Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Free Trade - Pro- gun - Pro-Capital Punishment - Married - NRA - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Gilmore was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from John Randolph Tucker High School and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1971. After a three-year tour as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany, he entered the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1977. After working for a decade in community service and as a lawyer in private practice, he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in his home county of Henrico County in 1987 and 1991. He was elected Virginia Attorney General in 1993. |
Gilmore was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1997. Gilmore campaigned heavily on the promise to phase out Virginia's Car Tax. The plan was to eliminate the local car tax, but then have the state government reimburse the localities for lost revenue. Eventually though, Gilmore's plan cost the state more than $700 million a year, leaving Virginia with the largest deficit in its history.
Moderate Republicans in the State Senate became worried by the burden and tried to reinstate the car tax. However Gilmore refused to compromise as the state went deeper and deeper into debt. Many political analysts believe it was this that would lead to a landslide election of Democrat Mark Warner to succeed him in 2001 on the promise to balance the state's budget.
During his term, Gilmore chaired the National Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. This group was charged with the task of making recommendations to Congress on Internet taxation. The E-Commerce Commission opposed taxation on the Internet.
Gilmore served as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2001 to January 2002.
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