Virginia Governor-Elect Ralph Northam - About Ralph

Office of the Governor-electRalph S. Northam

About Ralph

On November 7, 2017 Ralph S. Northam was elected as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 73rd Governor.

Ralph grew up on the Eastern Shore, 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, Ralph 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, Ralph began practicing pediatric neurology at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. Ralph also serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has seventeen years of volunteer service as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.

Prior to serving as Governor-elect, Ralph is finishing his term as Virginia’s 40th Lieutenant Governor. As your Lieutenant Governor his priorities over the past four years have been: economic development, strengthening early childhood education, implementing meaningful mental health reform, protecting women's health care access, and carefully stewarding the Commonwealth's environmental resources.

From 2008 to 2013 Ralph served as a State Senator representing the Eastern Shore and parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. As State Senator Ralph scored numerous major legislative accomplishments, including the prohibition on smoking in restaurants, protecting young athletes who have sustained concussions, and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Ralph lives in Norfolk with his wife Pam, a long-time Elementary School teacher who currently works for the local conservation organization Lynnhaven River NOW. They have two children: Wes, a neurosurgical resident at the University of North Carolina, and Aubrey, a graduate of the University of Virginia, who works in communications in Hampton Roads.