Notre Dame alumnus Bob McDonnell elected governor of Virginia

by Michael O. Garvey

Bob McDonnell

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.