Richmond Va. (AP) — Outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record on economic development Wednesday in his final annual address to state lawmakers, yet said his proudest achievement was restoring voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons who had finished their sentences.
The “State of the Commonwealth” address was a chance for the upbeat Democratic governor, who is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, to highlight what he considered his accomplishments and to offer advice for Virginia’s path forward.
On Saturday, the term-limited McAuliffe turns the office over to fellow Democrat Ralph Northam.
“Virginia is a different place than it was four years ago, and for that we should all be proud,” McAuliffe told the joint assembly of lawmakers in the State Capitol. “But there is still more work to be done.”