Senator Ralph Northam
The Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 11.
Senator and doctor Ralph Northam grew up working on the Chesapeake Bay before attending Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with distinction and was President of the Honor Court.
After graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Northam served eight years active duty in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Major. Upon his return from treating soldiers injured in Desert Storm, Northam began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk.
He also serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has ten years of volunteer services as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.
Since first being elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2007, Northam has successfully championed legislation including helping to prohibit smoking in restaurants, protecting youth athletes who have sustained concussions, improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and shielding our first responders from communicable diseases.
Northam has also been a consistent advocate for women’s health, public education, economic development, and long-term solutions to Virginia’s transportation problems.
Sen. Northam lives in Norfolk with his wife Pam, an elementary school science teacher. They have two children: Wes, who attends Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Aubrey, who attends the University of Virginia.
The Washington Post has endorsed Sen. Northam saying that “Mr. Northam has a combination of legislative know-how and private-sector acumen.”
The Virginia Education Association also endorsed him: ““As a pediatrician and husband of an elementary teacher, Senator Ralph Northam is a champion for children who understands that excellence in the classroom,”
He supports sensible gun restrictions like an assault weapons ban, smaller magazines and universal background checks.
Northam said that the crusade to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients.
He supports the Affordable Care Act, and is proud to have voted against efforts to block the Act’s implementation in Virginia.
“There is no excuse to discriminate against Virginians based on whom they love or to stigmatize the children of same-sex couples as unequal because their parents cannot marry,” said Northam.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, election 2013, Elections, Lt_Governor, Northam