Current Office:Lieutenant Governor
Bill Bolling was born and raised in the coalfields. Bill's parents worked hard to make sure that he had an opportunity to succeed. Their hard work paid off, and in 1979 Bill became the first member of the Bolling family to graduate from college.
It was while attending college that Bill met and married his wife, the former Jean Ann Kincaid. In 1981 Bill and Jean Ann moved to Mechanicsville in Hanover County to put down roots and begin their family.
In 1991 Bill Bolling sought his first elected office. He was elected to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and served as a member and Chairman of the Board until 1995. While serving in local government, Bill also served as Chairman of the Greater Richmond Economic Development Partnership.
In 1995 Bill was elected to the Senate of Virginia. In one of Virginia's most hotly contested political campaigns, Bolling defeated a twenty year incumbent and helped the Republican Party obtain parity in the Senate for the first time.
During his service in the Senate, Bill Bolling emerged as one of Virginia's most effective political leaders. He worked to keep taxes low and create a pro-business environment in Virginia. He also sponsored legislation to create a children's health insurance program in Virginia, and led the fight to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and reduce the amount of garbage being imported to Virginia from other states.
As a member of the General Assembly, Bolling served as Chairman of the Joint Republican Caucus and the Virginia Republican Senatorial Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Senate's sub-committee on Health Care, the Joint Commission on Health Care, the Commission on the Future of Virginia's Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
On November 8, 2005 Bill Bolling was elected to serve as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In an election year that favored Democrats, Bolling received more votes than any other statewide Republican candidate, a testimony to the strength of the campaign he ran and the effectiveness of the message he delivered to the people of Virginia.
During his first term as Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling used his office as a bully pulpit to help focus public attention on a number of important health care issues like obesity, cervical cancer, asthma and cardiovascular fitness.
In 2007, Lieutenant Governor Bolling launched a major statewide initiative, 100 Ideas For The Future Of Virginia. Through a series of Town Hall Idearaisers, Lieutenant Governor Bolling involved the people of Virginia in developing a long term strategy for addressing the most important issues facing the state.
On November 3rd, 2009, Bill Bolling was re-elected to a second four year term as Lieutenant Governor. Running with Governor Bob McDonnell, the two Republicans ran a positive, issues oriented campaign that offered New Ideas For A Better Virginia. Bolling won an impressive victory, claiming 57% of the popular vote.
During his second term as Lieutenant Governor, Bolling’s focus will be on getting Virginia’s economy moving again and creating jobs. Governor McDonnell has asked Lieutenant Governor Bolling to serve as Virginia’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer and made him a member of the Governor’s cabinet.
As Chief Jobs Creation Officer, Lieutenant Governor Bolling is responsible for coordinating the state’s economic development programs across numerous state agencies, and working with business leaders to identify ways to improve the state’s economy.
Lieutenant Governor Bolling is also responsible for shepherding the Governor’s economic development initiatives through the General Assembly, and assisting economic development officials in recruiting new business and industry to Virginia.
Lieutenant Governor Bolling has been married to his wife, Jean Ann, for 32 years. The Bolling’s have two sons, Matt and Kevin, and they live in Mechanicsville in Hanover County.
Professionally, Lieutenant Governor Bolling is employed as a Vice President with Riggs, Counselman, Michaels and Downes, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance agencies.
In the home, on the job and in the community, Bill Bolling has proven himself to be a dynamic and effective leader – a leader who can get things done.