Glenn Youngkin

Key Facts

Party Republican
Race Governor
Status Challenger

Background

Glenn Youngkin earned an engineering degree from Rice University before pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School. He was subsequently the co-CEO of Carlyle Group and co-founded Virginia Ready. He is also a former board member of the Museum of the Bible and Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus.

Key Issues

Veterans

Youngkin supports reducing barriers to veterans’ capital and employment opportunities. He proposes a plan that eliminates tax on military retirement day, waives administrative fees for veteran-owned small businesses, and expands on the Child Care Subsidy Program.

Public Safety

Youngkin wants to fully fund law enforcement and fire the Parole Board. He also seeks to end modern-day slavery in Virginia by creating a Governor’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force and increasing prosecutions and jail time. He would also create a Survivor Advisory Council and require school online safety training.

Education

Youngkin aims to ban Critical Race Theory from schools, raise teacher pay, and invest in special education programs. He looks to create more charter schools and advance public investment in schools by increasing the number of academic-year governor’s schools and ensuring schools are never closed for extended periods of time. He would also expand support to students with disabilities and offer more advanced math opportunities.

Anti-Semitism

Youngkin believes in decreasing the number of crimes targeting Jews through forming a Virginia Holocaust, Genocide, and Anti-Semitism Advisory Commission.

Economy

Youngkin seeks to eliminate Virginia’s grocery tax, end runaway property taxes, and cut income taxes by doubling the standard deduction. He also opposes forced unionization and wants to cut job regulations.

Small Businesses

Youngkin plans on implementing a small business tax holiday and ending the tax on Rebuild VA and PPP loans.

Election Security

Youngkin wants to restore photo ID laws and has called for audit of voting machines as a means of transparency in elections.

Infrastructure

Youngkin aims to spend more money on roads and highways.

Environmental Reform

Youngkin looks to finish previously delayed environmental projects.

Endorsements

Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator; Donald Trump, former U.S. President; George Allen, former Governor of Virginia; Jim Gilmore, former Governor of Virginia; Bob McDonnell, former Governor of Virginia; Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma; Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas; Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland; Doug Burgum, Governor of North Dakota; Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee; Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina; Virginia Police Benevolent Association (VPBA)

Sources

Youngkin for Governor

Ballotpedia

The Hill