Currently serves as President & CEO of the Free Congress Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia - www.freecongress.org.
In a career encompassing important roles as an attorney, army intelligence specialist, prosecutor and state attorney general, Governor Gilmore rose to become the 68th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since the expiration of his term of office, he has seen distinguished service on behalf of both his party and his country. As Virginia’s Attorney General before running for Governor, Jim Gilmore established himself as a champion of the taxpayers by launching successful investigations into Medicaid fraud, government waste and consumer protection. Responding to a rash of arson attacks on African American churches, Gilmore became a national leader in a campaign to put an end to the arsons and to assure future insurability of African American churches that chose to rebuild.
During his term as Virginia’s executive leader, from 1998 to 2002, Governor Gilmore created the nation’s first secretariat of technology, established a statewide technology commission and signed into law the nation’s first comprehensive state Internet policy. He also chaired the U.S. Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities Involving Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction, a national panel established by Congress to assess federal, state and local government capabilities to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack.
Also known as the “Gilmore Commission,” this panel was influential in developing the Office of Homeland Security. The Commission warned in 1999 and in 2000 that America was facing a possible terrorist attack. After 9/11 Congress adopted 146 of the Gilmore Commission’s 164 recommendations.
In 2003 President George W. Bush appointed him to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors and he was elected Chairman of the Air Force Board in the fall of 2003. Governor Gilmore is a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia. Upon graduation, Jim Gilmore volunteered for the U.S. Army and won honors after completing training at the Army Intelligence School and Defense Language Institute. He was then assigned to the 650th Military Intelligence Group. Serving in Germany during the Vietnam War and fluent in German, Jim Gilmore played an important role in counter-intelligence work safeguarding the security of American bases in Europe. He served as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany from 1971 to 1974. Returning to Virginia, Gilmore entered the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving his degree in 1977. He is the recipient of the Joint Services Commendation Medal for his service to NATO.
Governor Gilmore’s board experience includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Everquest Financial Ltd. He is currently a member of the boards of directors of CACI International Inc, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., and Cypress Communications, Inc. He served on the board of Barr Pharmaceuticals from 2002 to 2008 and IDT Corporation from 2002 to 2006. From 2002 to 2008 Governor Gilmore was a partner at the law firm of Kelley Drye and Warren, where he chaired the firm’s Homeland Security Practice Group and focused on corporate, technology, information technology and international matters.