Ralph Northam Wiki, Ralph Northam Biography
Ralph Northam Wiki: Family Name is Ralph Shearer Northam. He was born on September 13, 1959. Ralph Northam is an American politician and physician serving as the 73rd Governor of Virginia since January 13, 2018? A physician by occupation, he was an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1984 to 1992. Ralph Northam served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 prior to winning the governorship against Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the 2017 election.
|Ralph Northam Born||
Ralph Shearer Northam
September 13, 1959
|Ralph Northam Political party||Democratic|
|Ralph Northam Spouse(s)||
Pam Northam (m. 1987)
|Ralph Northam Children||2|
|Ralph Northam Residence||Executive Mansion|
|Ralph Northam Education||Virginia Military Institute (BS)
Eastern Virginia Medical School (MD)
Ralph Northam Biography
Ralph Northam was born in Nassawadox, Virginia, on September 13, 1959. He and his older brother of two years, Thomas, were raised on a water-side farm, just outside Onancock, Virginia. The family grew a variety of crops and tended livestock on their seventy-five-acre property. As a teenager, Ralph Northam worked on a ferry to Tangier Island and as a deckhand on fishing charters; he also worked on a neighbor’s farm and as a “stock boy” at Meatland grocery store. He and Thomas attended desegregated public schools. Ralph Northam graduated from Onancock High School, where his class was predominately African American.
Army and medical career
From 1984 to 1992 he served as a United States Army medical officer. During his Army service, he completed a pediatric residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, followed by a child neurology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Johns Hopkins Hospital. During Operation Desert Storm, he treated evacuated casualties at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Ralph Northam left the U.S. Army in 1992 at the rank of major, having completed eight years of service. Since 1992, Ralph Northam has been a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.
Ralph Northam Political career
Prior to entering politics, Ralph Northam voted for Republican George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, a fact that opponents raised in later Democratic primaries. Ralph Northam says that he was apolitical at the time and regretted those votes, saying: “Politically, there was no question, I was underinformed.”
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Ralph Northam lives in the Executive Mansion in Richmond. He and his wife Pam have two children, Wes and Aubrey. His brother, Thomas Northam, is a lawyer, and the law partner of Virginia State Senate member Lynwood Lewis, who was elected to the State Senate to replace Ralph Northam when he resigned his State Senate seat to assume the position of lieutenant governor. His father, Wescott Northam, is a retired Accomack County judge, former Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Navy veteran.
Ralph Northam serves as the vice chair of the Fort Monroe Authority, which oversees Fort Monroe, a Civil War historic site where Union General Benjamin Butler sheltered freed slaves. In his free time, Ralph Northam enjoys working on classic cars. He owns a 1953 Oldsmobile and a 1971 Corvette.
Ralph Northam is a recreational runner and a competitor in races including the Richmond Road Runners’ First Day 5k and the Monument Avenue 10K race.
Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam
Northam was sworn in as Governor of Virginia at noon on January 13, 2018 at the State Capitol. He became the second Eastern Shore native to serve as Governor of Virginia, after Henry A. Wise (who was elected in 1855) and the second alumnus of Virginia Military Institute to serve as governor, after Westmoreland Davis (who was elected in 1917). A majority of Ralph Northam‘s cabinet secretaries are female, a first in Virginia history. Residents from every county in Virginia attended Ralph Northam‘s inauguration (which reportedly marked another first for the state) and twenty-six groups participated in the inaugural parade, which has been called the largest and most diverse in state history.
On February 1, 2019, images of Ralph Northam‘s medical school yearbook surfaced showing an image of an unidentified person in blackface and an unidentified person in a Ku Klux Klan hood on Northam’s page in the yearbook. A spokesman for Eastern Virginia Medical School confirmed that the image appeared in its 1984 yearbook. Shortly after the news broke, Ralph Northam confirmed he appeared in the photo and issued a statement saying,
Ralph Northam sorry for a racist yearbook photo
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has apologized after his 1984 medical yearbook page emerged, showing a photo featuring men in racist costumes.
“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt, that decision caused then and now,” he said in a statement.
Black politicians in Virginia called the image “disgusting” and Republicans urged the Democrat to resign.
The picture showed a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes.
It appeared on a page with other photos of Mr. Ralph Northam as well as personal details about him.
He did not elaborate on which costume he was wearing, but said he appeared in a photograph that was “clearly racist and offensive”.
Mr. Ralph Northam later released a video statement via Twitter in which he said he was “deeply sorry” for the offense the image had caused.
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