February 4, 2021
Becomes first Republican gubernatorial candidate to publicly sign pledge
FALLS CHURCH, VA – Political outsider, conservative business leader, and candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin today announced his pledge to taxpayers to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
“Our government in Richmond has runaway budgets, and I believe in small government and efficient government. So today I’m going to sign a pledge to take care of Virginians as opposed to taking care of big government,” said Youngkin as he became the first Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia to publicly sign Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. “As your governor, I’m going to look out for you and we’re going to get the cost of living in Virginia down.”
Youngkin’s pledge is part of his vision to rebuild and reimagine Virginia’s future and make it the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
“If I am elected governor, Virginia will truly be open for business. We will unleash growth and increase opportunity for all Virginians. We will help families keep more of their paychecks by reducing fees and taxes and cutting unnecessary regulations,” Youngkin recently wrote.
Glenn grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. For the last 26 years, he’s lived with his wife Suzanne in Northern Virginia, where they raised four wonderful children together.
When COVID-19 hit Virginia, Glenn and Suzanne founded the Virginia Ready Initiative, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated to helping Virginians who are out-of-work get the training they need to secure in-demand jobs. To date, roughly 2,000 Virginians have started the journey with VA Ready, preparing for a new career and new life.
Glenn enjoyed coaching multiple youth basketball teams and served as Church Warden at Holy Trinity Church in Northern Virginia.
The former co-CEO of Carlyle, Glenn got his start at the company when it was a small firm, over 25 years ago. He worked his way up, earning the privilege to lead the company. Along the way he helped grow it into one of the leading investment firms in the world – an extremely successful company that employed nearly 2,000 people and managed assets in excess of $230 billion dollars, nearly four times the size of Virginia’s yearly budget. Investments focused in American businesses and American workers, and supported the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters, countless private sector employees, and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.