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Ralph Northam

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Ralph Northam (b. September 13, 1959, in Nassawaddox, Virginia) is the Democratic governor of Virginia. He was elected to the position in 2017, defeating the Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the general election. He previously served as lieutenant governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018.

Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Northam was a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 6 from 2008 to 2014.

Northam is a medical doctor and, before entering politics, worked as a pediatric neurologist in the U.S. Army and in various children's hospitals. He also served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army.

A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Northam attended Virginia Military Institute following his graduation from high school. Northam joined the U.S. Army, where he spent eight years as an active duty officer and rose to the rank of major. Northam pursued medical studies, becoming the chief neurological resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following his departure from the Army, Northam became a practicing pediatric neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Virginia Military Institute
  • M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School