Mark Herring was elected Attorney General of Virginia and sworn into office on January 11, 2014. As attorney general, he is responsible for overseeing an office of more than 425 employees.
Some of the key duties of the attorney general are:
- to serve as the attorney for the government of the commonwealth and its agencies and commissions, providing them with legal advice and representation in court;
- to uphold and defend the United States and Virginia constitutions and to defend the constitutionality of Virginia laws when they are challenged in court;
- to clarify the law for his clients through official legal opinions;
- to prosecute sexual predators and gang members;
- to protect the elderly and the incapacitated from abuse and neglect;
- to conduct or assist in criminal investigations and prosecutions in certain cases, such as Medicaid fraud, money laundering, theft of state property, environmental crimes, and computer crimes;
- and to enforce state laws that protect businesses and consumers from scams and fraud.
As Attorney General, Herring will ensure the powers of the office are used to fairly represent and protect all Virginians.
Prior to serving as Attorney General, he served eight years in the Senate of Virginia, representing parts of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.
Throughout his career in the legislature, he worked to bring technology-based economic development to the Northern Virginia region, helped secure transportation funding for needed local road projects, and made both state and local governments more accountable to the citizens of Virginia. He led efforts to protect our children by cracking down on emerging threats to their safety, working closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to keep dangerous new synthetic drugs off the shelves. He championed legislation to target those who would commit financial scams against Virginia seniors and as a member of Governor Bob McDonnell’s Domestic Violence and Response Advisory Board, he advanced legislation to strengthen penalties for acts of domestic violence.
Mark has lived most of his life in Loudoun County. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, he graduated with honors from the University of Richmond School of Law before returning to Loudoun and establishing a successful law practice in Leesburg.
In 1999, he began his career in public service as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors representing the Leesburg District. He served as chairman of the Land Use Committee and developed a record as a strong advocate for economic development and road improvements that created jobs and transportation solutions for citizens.
Mark and his wife, Laura, have been married for 24 years. They have two children, daughter Peyton, 21, and son Tim, 17. They are members of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.