Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is one of a long list of Republicans who may considering a bid for the 2016 presidency as he visits early primary states like New Hampshire to talk about United States leadership and foreign policy, among other topics.
It’s not his first time as a GOP presidential hopeful, but his platform is set and he’s ready to give it another go.
“I believe the two critical issues to face the United States of America are the inability to grow this economy and create a real future for Americans and the international crisis, which is very dangerous,” he said in December 2014 at the Republicans’ Donald W. Huffman Advance in Virginia according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“Right now, I don’t see a single candidate on the national scene that I believe could handle these challenges.”
His solution is to be that candidate.
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Here are eight facts about the political background of potential GOP presidential hopeful Jim Gilmore.
Gilmore was elected as the commonwealth attorney for Henrico County, Virginia, in 1987 and again in 1991. He held the position from 1988 to 1994.
In 1993, Gilmore was elected the attorney general of Virginia and served from 1994 to 1998.
Gilmore was elected governor of Virginia, holding office from 1998 to 2002.
In 1999, Gilmore was elected chairman of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce where he was in charge of researching taxation on the Internet and making recommendations to Congress, which was opposed to online commerce taxation.
From 1999 to 2003, Gilmore was chairman of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.
From January 2001 to January 2002, Gilmore served as chairman of the Republican National Committee under President George W. Bush.
Gilmore entered his bid for the Republican nomination for president in early 2007, but withdrew from the race that summer, citing lack of financial support as his primary reason.
Gilmore ran for Senate in 2008, but lost to Mark R. Warner.
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