Produced in The Big Apple on February 9, 1957, Terry McAuliffe entered politics in the age of 23 as the national finance manager for Jimmy Carter. Terence Richard McAuliffe was born on February 9, 1957, in Syracuse, Ny. Terry McAuliffe’s dad was the Onondaga County Democratic Party’s treasurer as well as a property salesman. In the age of 8, Terry would follow his father on door to door cash groups. At 14 years old, Terry began his own company tarring drives called McAuliffe Drive Care.
McAuliffe graduated from Catholic University and afterwards attended Georgetown Law School. Upon graduating from Georgetown, he began a law firm and opened Federal City National Bank. Terry McAuliffe entered politics in 1980, in the age of 23, becoming national finance manager for Jimmy Carter. In the place, he broke fundraising records and acquired a reputation as a wunderkind fundraiser.
As well as raising cash, McAuliffe invested it. He along with his associate, Carl Linder, bought American Heritage Homes, a Florida-based home building business. American Heritage Homes was to the verge of collapse when it was bought, but through an idea to construct more than 800 houses annually, it had been revitalized.
McAuliffe worked as chairman on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, as well as the two men became quite close friends in addition to regular golf partners. McAuliffe was Clinton’s chief fundraiser, after which the national co-chairman of his reelection campaign. Years after, he served as chairman for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
McAuliffe became a rising star inside the Democratic Party. In 2007, McAuliffe released his memoir, What A Party!, which debuted at No. 5 on The New York Times’ bestseller list. Later, he founded GreenTech Automotive, a green car company designed to generate jobs. McAuliffe stepped down from GreenTech in April 2013.
McAuliffe joined the gubernatorial race another time in 2013, this time beating out Tea Party nominee Ken Cuccinelli and claiming success. The predominantly negative race was tight, but finally Cuccinelli’s unwaveringly traditional position on social problems like abortion caused voters, especially girls, to select McAuliffe. His triumph marks the very first time since 1973 the party of the state’s gubernatorial office is just like the president’s party. McAuliffe wed his wife, Dorothy, in 1988. They will have five kids.