Jim Gilmore

201James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III (born October 6, 1949) is an American politician who was the 68th Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. A member of the Republican Party, he has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

A native Virginian, Gilmore received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, and then served in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent. He was later elected to public office as a

Early life and education

Gilmore was born in Richmond, Virginia to Margaret Evelyn (née Kandle), a church secretary, and James Stuart Gilmore, Jr., a grocery store meat cutter.[2] He graduated from John Randolph Tucker High School and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1971.
Military service


Gilmore has also served as Chairman of the National Council on Readiness & Preparedness, a homeland security program focused on community involvement and public/private partnerships.[26] He is also President of USA Secure, a non-profit homeland security think tank based in Washington, D.C.[27]

He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and is a political commentator on Fox News.

He also became one of the first former office holders to start a personal blog, although updates are infrequent. The Virginia Patriot is the official blog of Jim Gilmore.[28]