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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 2007 to 2013.

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.

On February 1, 2019, one of Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook photos was shared by the Virginian Pilot. The image showed a man wearing blackface standing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe. Northam apologized for appearing in the photo. For more information, .

Governor of Virginia

Tenure

2018 - Present

Term ends

2022

Years in position

1

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

Virginia State Senate District 6

Democratic Party

Compensation

Base salary

$175,000

Last elected

November 7, 2017

Education

Bachelor's

Virginia Military Institute

M.D.

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Profession
Child neurologist

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
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