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Notre Dame alumnus Bob McDonnell elected governor of Virginia

Robert McDonnell is a 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame

by Michael O. Garvey, Notre Dame News & Information

November 4, 2009


Former Virginia Attorney General and Notre Dame alumnus Bob McDonnell was elected governor of his state in an off-year election Tuesday (Nov. 3).

McDonnell, who was graduated from the University in 1976 after majoring in business management, defeated Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, 59 percent to 41 percent.

A native of Philadelphia, McDonnell served 21 years in the U.S. Army and reserves after his graduation. While serving in Germany he earned a master of science degree in business administration from Boston University and later earned a degree in law and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have five children, the oldest of whom, Jeanine, is an Iraq war veteran.