Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va.
B.B.A. in management, University of Notre Dame, 1976
M.S.B.A., Boston University, 1980
M.A. in public policy Regent University, 1989
J.D., Regent University, 1989
Previous elected office:
Virginia House of Delegates, 1997-2005
Virginia Attorney General, 2006-2009
Governor of Virginia, 2009-present
Wife: Maureen McDonnell
Children: Jeanine, Cailin, Rachel and twins, Bobby and Sean.
Something you might not know about McDonnell:
McDonnell lived in Germany for four years during his early childhood when his father, USAF Lt. Colonel John McDonnell, was assigned there.
A voice from their past:
Gerry Scimeca who ran McDonnell's first campaign for state legislature in 1997 told CBS News that he remembers McDonnell as, "very practical, very people-oriented, even-tempered" who hasn't changed at all, but "maybe his suits fit better now."
McDonnell is governor of Virginia, a highly-valued battleground state. In 2008, President Obama was the first Democrat since 1964 to carry Virginia in a presidential election. On July 13, CBS News reported that the Romney campaign opened more than 20 offices in the state.
In 2009, the Washington Post uncovered a thesis that McDonnell wrote in 1989 while studying at Regent University. Titled "The Republican Party's Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade", McDonnell recommended that the Republican party "fight any attempts to redefine family by allowing special rights for homosexuals or single-parent unwed mothers."
Critics say the thesis could alienate much-needed women swing voters. In March, McDonnell received national attention after he signed a bill requiring women to have an invasive ultrasound before getting an abortion.
CBS News obtained McDonnell's financial disclosure form from 2011. The document shows trips he took and gifts he received throughout the year, including a $665 suit from J Crew and tickets to University of Virginia football games.
Written by Sarah Phinney