In a final, emotional farewell to the commonwealth of Virginia, outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell reflected on four years of accomplishments Wednesday evening in his last State of the Commonwealth Address.
McDonnell left it all on the table during the speech. He'll officially hand over the reins in three days, and urged his colleagues in state government to embrace its new leaders.
Addressing a joint session of the General Assembly, McDonnell looked back on some of his biggest accomplishments - transportation reform, education, and helping bring unemployment to the lowest point in the southeast.
McDonnell also addressed the high-profile gift scandal that has consumed his last year in office, apologizing while maintaining no legal wrongdoing.
And, saying farewell, he asked his fellow leaders to work together with Virginia's new governor and leaders.
“Governor McDonnell has been very good to Terry McAuliffe and very helpful to him in the transition,” said 57th District Delegate David Toscano. “I think that will be helpful to the commonwealth as we move forward.
24th District Delegate Ben Cline said, “He's kept three McDonnell cabinet secretaries, and that really goes a long way towards building bridges with the House and with Republicans in the Senate.”
McDonnell will step aside this Saturday, after 22 years in public office, when Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is sworn in as the 72nd governor of Virginia. McAuliffe will have to hit the ground running to work with the legislature in accomplishing some of his big priorities.
He will deliver his first address to the General Assembly as governor next Monday.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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