Ralph Northam was sworn in as governor of Virginia on January 13, 2018. Northam previously served the Commonwealth of Virginia as state senator from 2008-2013 and Lieutenant Governor from 2014–2017.
Northam attended Virginia Military Institute where he graduated with distinction and was President of the Honor Court. Northam then graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Northam 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, Northam began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. Northam also served as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has 17 years of volunteer service as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.
He and his wife Pam, a long-time elementary school teacher have two children, Wes and Aubrey.
Pamela Northam became the first lady of Virginia when her husband, Governor Ralph Northam, was sworn in as governor on January 13, 2018.
An educator, environmentalist and longtime advocate, Mrs. Northam has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads and Virginia to protect water quality and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, the first lady has served as community outreach coordinator for Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), a nonprofit environmental group. In this role, she oversaw advocacy and outreach programs for homeowners, congregations and businesses to help them to become more sustainable.
Prior to joining LRN, Mrs. Northam taught high school biology. Recognizing a need for STEM in elementary education, she became a national award-winning science specialist and worked to develop an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum for students in grades K through 5. The first lady was appointed to the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, and she also is a board member of the innovative E3 School in Norfolk.
After studying at Baylor University and the University of Texas, the first lady specialized in pediatric occupational therapy, where her work included rehabilitation hospitals, teaching hospitals, and special education
The Northams have two adult children: Wes, a neurosurgery resident; and Aubrey, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia.
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