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Northam recounts his path to the Governor’s Mansion

When Ralph Northam ran for a seat in the Virginia Senate in 2007, he didn’t know much about politics, but did have strong interests in the health of the Chesapeake Bay and making sure Virginians have access to quality health care providers.

“Back then, if you had asked me if I was going to be governor 10 years later, I would have probably laughed,” Northam said.

He served the 6th District in the Virginia Senate, which includes Mathews County, for six years until he decided to make a successful bids for lieutenant governor in 2013 and then governor in 2017. “I enjoy being [Virginia’s] 73rd Governor,” Northam said.

He is on extended leave from a pediatric neurology practice at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk. Though he will continue to keep his medical license up-to-date and his credentials valid with CHKD, he made the decision not to see patients during his four years as governor.

However, he said he will lecture...

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