Robert F. McDonnell FAQ
Last Office: Virginia attorney general, 2006-09, resigned to run for governor.
Occupation: Partner at Huff, Poole and Mahoney, a Virginia Beach law firm.
Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1976), Boston University (M.S.B.A., 1980), Regent University School of Law (J.D., M.A., 1989)
Family: Wife Maureen McDonnell has worked both in and outside the home during their 33-year marriage; five children.
PIVOTAL POLITICAL MOMENTS
1991: At age 36, elected to the first of seven terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, in Virginia Beach.
1994: Helps lead successful effort to abolish parole for all crimes committed after January 1, 1995, a major initiative of then-Gov. George Allen.
1995: Chief patron of a welfare reform bill, championed by the Allen administration, that institutes time limits for welfare recipients. Also serves as chief patron for reforms to Juvenile Justice Code.
2001: Along with other antiabortion legislators, helps lead successful fight to pass the Women's Right to Know bill, which mandates "informed consent" before an abortion. (His legislative career also includes successful efforts to pass a parental consent bill for minors attempting to obtain an abortion and a ban on so-called partial-birth abortions.)
2005: Elected Virginia attorney general, defeating Democrat R. Creigh Deeds by 360 votes, the closest margin in a statewide race in Virginia history.
2006-08: Leads efforts for criminal justice reforms that strengthen laws allowing for civil commitment of certain sexual predators after their sentences are complete; helps push for Internet safety laws.
February 2009: Resigns as attorney general to run for Virginia governor.