Gov. McAuliffe named 'Public Official of the Year' among U.S. governors

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrates Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam’s primary win at a Democratic primary election party in Crystal City, Va., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- GOVERNING magazine has named Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as the 2017 “Public Official of the Year” among all American governors.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for the hard work that this administration has done to build a new Virginia economy that works better for all Virginia families,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As we reach the end of our term, this award is a sincere validation of the effort so many men and women have put into making our government work better and creating real opportunities for families to thrive in every corner of our Commonwealth.”

According to the magazine, Public Officials of the Year are selected from nominations submitted by readers, experts in the public and private sectors and its editorial team.

Winners are profiled in the December issue and on its website and they will be honored at a dinner in Washington, DC on November 30.

The magazine writes that Gov. McAuliffe was selected for the aware "based on his success navigating an opposition legislature, creating new jobs, and persevering in restoring the civil rights of more than 168,000 Virginians."

"The bottom line is that Virginia has created more than 200,000 jobs on his watch, with unemployment well below 4 percent -- and with the rate down in every county in the commonwealth," the magazine wrote.

“Having him out there making the case for Virginia is positive,” says Frank Ruff, a Republican who chairs the Virginia Senate’s economic development subcommittee. “He’s a born salesman and that’s generally what it takes.”

To view the profile on Gov. McAuliffe, you can click here.

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