- Date of Birth:
- October 6, 1949
- 5' 11"
Jim Gilmore (born James Stuart Gilmore III on October 6, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American politician. Jim grew up in Richmond, graduating from John Randolph Tucker High School and then, the University of Virginia in 1971. After college, Jim enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War as a US Army Counterintelligence Agent. After his service, Jim got his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1977. He worked as a lawyer for a decade, before he ran for public office. He was elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1987, and then as Virginia’s Attorney General in 1993. In 1997, Jim ran for Governor, succeeding George Allen. He was elected with 56% of the vote. He served one four-year term. Because the Virginia Constitution forbids anyone serving consecutive terms, he had to step down in 2002. Jim served as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2001-02. He ran for president in the 2008 Election, but dropped out due to fundraising concerns. He ran for the Senate in 2008, but was defeated by John Warner. On July 30, 2015, Jim released a YouTube video that announced his candidacy in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Best Known For:
Jim Gilmore is best known as an American politician who served as Governor of Virginia.
Jim is married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore. They have two sons together – Jay and Ashton. Jim is the President & CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative think tank. He also headed the Gilmore Commission that advised Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on terrorism.