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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of [[Virginia]]''' is a publicly elected executive official in the state government of [[Virginia]]. The [[Attorney General|attorney general]] provides legal advice and representation for all state agencies. Additionally, the attorney general provides written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the [[Virginia General Assembly|General Assembly]] and government officials.  
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|State = Virginia
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|Office=Attorney General
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Virginia.svg.png
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|Office website = http://www.oag.state.va.us/
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|Budget = 35660544
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|Budget year = 2012
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|Seats =
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority = [[Article V, Virginia Constitution#Section 16|Virginia Constitution, Article 5, Section 16]]
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|Selected = Elected
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|Chair =
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|Current officeholder = Mark Herring
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|Partisan = Democratic
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|Officeholder image = Mark Herring.jpg
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|Assumed office = January 11, 2014
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|Compensation = 150,000
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|Next election = November7, 2017
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|Last election= [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
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|Other offices = [[Governor of Virginia|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Virginia Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Virginia Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[Virginia Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Virginia Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[Virginia Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[Virginia Commissioner of Labor and Industry|Labor Commissioner]] • [[Virginia Chairman of State Corporation Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Attorney General of Virginia''' is a publicly elected executive official in the [[Virginia]] state government. The [[Attorney General|attorney general]] provides legal advice and representation for all state agencies. Additionally, the attorney general provides written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the [[Virginia General Assembly|General Assembly]] and government officials.  
  
The current officeholder is [[Ken Cuccinelli]].
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==Current officeholder==
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The current officeholder is [[Mark Herring]]. He was first elected in 2013.
  
==Campaign finance==
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==Authority==
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The office of the Virginia Attorney General is established in [[Article V, Virginia Constitution#Section 16|Article 5, Section 16]] of the [[Virginia Constitution|state constitution]].
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'''Article X, Section Y:'''
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| An Attorney General shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth at the same time and for the same term as the Governor; and the fact of his election shall be ascertained in the same manner...
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==Qualifications==
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'''Article V, Section 16''' of the [[Virginia Constitution]] also establishes the qualifications of the office:
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| ...No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of Attorney General unless he is a citizen of the United States, has attained the age of thirty years, and has the qualifications required for a judge of a court of record...
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* U.S. citizen
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* at least 30 years old
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* is qualified to be a judge of a court of record in the state
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==Vacancies==
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In the event of a vacancy in the office, the [[Governor of Virginia|governor]] shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the next general election.
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==Duties==
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The duties and powers of the office of the attorney general include:<ref>[http://www.oag.state.va.us/About%20the%20Office/Respnsibilities.html ''Virginia Attorney General,'' "Responsibilities," accessed February 1, 2012]</ref>
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*Provide legal advice and representation to the Governor and executive agencies, state boards and commissions, and institutions of higher education. The advice commonly includes help with personnel issues, contracts, purchasing, regulatory and real estate matters and the review of proposed legislation. The Office also represents those agencies in court.
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*Provide written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the General Assembly and government officials.
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*Defend criminal convictions on appeal, and defend the state when prisoners sue concerning their incarceration.
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*Defend the constitutionality of state laws when they are challenged in court.
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*Enforce state laws that protect businesses and consumers when there are violations. Individual consumer complaints are usually handled by another agency.
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*Represent consumers in utility matters before the State Corporation Commission.
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*Collect debts owed to state agencies, hospitals and universities.
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*Conduct or assist criminal investigations and prosecutions in certain limited cases (for example Medicaid fraud, money laundering, theft of state property, environmental crimes, and computer crimes).
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*Represent the Department of Social Services in its efforts to collect child support on behalf of children and families.
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*Supervise the appointment and payment of private attorneys hired by other state agencies for various matters.
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*Assist victims of crime who are following criminal cases at the appellate level.
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*Provide information to the public on Identity Theft prevention and remediation.
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*Administer grants to help reduce crimes involving gangs, drugs and sex predators.
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*Administer the Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Program to protect children from the most dangerous predators.
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A complete list of the duties of the office is outlined in the Virginia state code.<ref>[http://www.oag.state.va.us/About%20the%20Office/2011%20OAG%20Codes.pdf ''Office of the Virginia Attorney General,'' "Duties ascribed in the Code of Virginia, 7/1/2011," retrieved February 1, 2012]</ref>
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==Elections==
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[[File:Virginia exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Virginia state government organizational chart]]
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The attorney general is elected every four years at the same time the governor is elected. These elections take place one year after the presidential elections. In Virginia, 2009, 2013 and 2017 are all election years for the attorney general.<ref>[[Article V, Virginia Constitution#Section 15|Article V, Section 15 of the state constitution]]</ref>
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===Term limits===
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According to the state constitution, "There shall be no limit on the terms of the Attorney General."<ref>[[Article V, Virginia Constitution#Section 15|Virginia State Constitution, Article 5, Section 15]]</ref>
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===Full History===
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|earliest year =2001
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<big>'''2013'''</big>
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|date = November 5, 2013
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|pronoun = He
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|new =Yes
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|year = 2013
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|Office= Attorney General of Virginia
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|party1= Democratic
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|winner1 = [[Mark Herring]]
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|losers = Mark Obenshain (R)
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|votes1 = 1105045
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|Inc1 =
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|party2= Republican
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|candidate2 = Mark Obenshain
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|votes2 = 1104138
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|ref = [http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Files/Results/802_CC_Court_Certification_Recount.xlsx Virginia State Board of Elections]
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<big>'''2009'''</big>
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|date = November 3, 2009
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|pronoun = He
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|year = 2009
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|Office= Attorney General of Virginia
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|party1= Republican
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|winner1 = [[Ken T. Cuccinelli II]]
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|losers = Stephen C. Shannon (D)
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|votes1 = 1124137
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|Inc1 =
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|party2= Democratic
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|candidate2 = Stephen C. Shannon
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|votes2 = 828687
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|party3=''Write-In''
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|candidate3 = ''Various''
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|votes3 = 1772
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|ref = [https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2009/37C2EDEB-FACB-44C1-AF70-05FB616DCD62/Official/4_s.shtml Virginia State Board of Elections]
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<big>'''2005'''</big>
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|date = November 8, 2005
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|pronoun = He
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|year = 2005
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|Office=Attorney General of Virginia
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|party1=  Republican
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|winner1 = [[ Robert F. McDonnell]]
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|losers = [[R. Creigh Deeds]] (D)
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|votes1 =  970886
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|Inc1 =
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|party2= Democratic
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|candidate2 = [[R. Creigh Deeds]]
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|votes2 = 970563
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|party3=''Write-In''
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|candidate3 = ''Various''
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|votes3 = 1801
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|ref =[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ElectionResults/2005/nov2005/html/ Virginia State Board of Elections]
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<big>'''2001'''</big>
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|date = November 6, 2001
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|pronoun = He
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|year = 2001
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|Office= Attorney General of Virginia
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|party1=  Republican
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|winner1 = Jerry W. Kilgore
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|losers = A.D. McEachin (D)
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|votes1 = 1107068
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|Inc1 =
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|party2=Democratic
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|candidate2 = A.D. McEachin
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|votes2 = 736431
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|party3=''Write-In''
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|candidate3 = ''Various''
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|votes3 = 1282
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|ref = [http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ElectionResults/2001/nov2001/html/index.htm Virginia State Board of Elections]
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===Campaign finance===
 
::''Main article: [[Campaign finance requirements for Virginia ballot measures]]''
 
::''Main article: [[Campaign finance requirements for Virginia ballot measures]]''
  
In [[Virginia]], the State Attorney General is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws.  The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Virginia Board of Elections. The Board of Elections refers all campaign finance complaints to the Virginia Attorney General for prosecution. <ref>[Contacted VA Board of Elections on January 26, 2010 to confirm this information]</ref>
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In [[Virginia]], the State Attorney General is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws.  The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Virginia Board of Elections. The Board of Elections refers all campaign finance complaints to the Virginia Attorney General for prosecution. <ref>''Contacted VA Board of Elections on January 26, 2010 to confirm this information''</ref>
  
==Electoral history==
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==Divisions==
===2009===
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*'''2009 Race for Attorney General - [[Republican]] Primary'''
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**Ken Cuccinelli ran unopposed
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Law in Fiscal Year 2012 was $35,660,544.<ref> [https://solutions.virginia.gov/pbreports/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=dwBudgetWiz&rdAgReset=True&selTableName=ChapterByFnd&selFieldList=SecretarialAreaCode%2cAgencyCode&selTitleList=AgencyTitle&selChapterID=41&iptSubmitted=True&chkInitial=True&chkAmended=True&chkCaboose=True&iptFirstPageCall=False&iptShowInput=DontShow&iptShowToggle=Show&selField1=SecretarialAreaCode&selOperator1=%3d&iptValue1=04&selValueColumns=Total%20Dollars%2cTotal%20Positions&selOperator2=&iptValue2=&rdShowModes=Show ''Virginia Budget Appropriations Database,'' "Final Budget for the 2010-2012 Biennium,"  accessed April 4, 2013] </ref>
! colspan="5" | 2009 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2009/37C2EDEB-FACB-44C1-AF70-05FB616DCD62/official/4_s.shtml Virginia State Board of Elections - 2009 General Election Results]</ref>
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==Compensation==
! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Candidates
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
! style="width: 7em" |Percentage
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===2013===
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In 2013, the Attorney General of Virginia was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$150,000]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 31, 2014]</ref>
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===2011===
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In 2011, the Virginia Attorney General was paid an estimated $150,000, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/4.11_0.xls ''Council of State Governments,'' "Table 4.11 Selected state administrative officials: Annual salaries by region," retrieved February 1, 2012]</ref>
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==Historical officeholders==
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===Commonwealth attorneys general (1869-present)===
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There have been 37 Attorney Generals of Virginia since 1869. Of the 37 officeholders, 11 were Republican, 22 were Democrat, 3 were Conservatives and 1 was Readjuster.<ref name=encyclopedia>[http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Attorneys_General_of_Virginia ''Encyclopedia Virginia,'' "Attorneys General of Virginia," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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| colspan="2" | [[Image:Green_check_mark.jpg|14px]] '''Ken Cuccinelli (R)'''
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! colspan="6" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |List of Former Officeholders from 1869-Present
| align="right" | '''57.5%'''
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| colspan="2" | Stephen C. Shannon (D)
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| 1|| Charles Whittlesey ||1869–1870|| {{red dot}}
| align="right" | 0.1%
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Total votes'''
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| 2|| James Craig Taylor ||1870-1874|| {{dreddot}}Conservative
| align="right"            | '''1,954,427'''
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| 3|| Raleigh Travers Daniel ||1874–1877|| {{dreddot}}Conservative
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| 4|| James Gavin Field|| 1877-1882|| {{dreddot}}Conservative
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| 5|| Francis Simpson Blair|| 1882–1886|| Readjuster
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| 6|| Rufus Adolphus Ayers||1886– 1890||{{blue dot}}
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| 7|| Robert Taylor Scott||1890–1897||{{blue dot}}
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| 8|| Richard Carter Scott|| 1897-1898||{{blue dot}}
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| 9|| Andrew Jackson Montague||1898– 1902||{{blue dot}}
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| 10|| William Alexander Anderson||1902– 1910||{{blue dot}}
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| 11|| Samuel Walker Williams||1910–1914|| {{blue dot}}
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| 12|| John Garland Pollard|| 1914–1918|| {{blue dot}}
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| 13|| Josiah Dickenson Hank Jr ||1918|| {{blue dot}}
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| 14|| John Richard Saunders ||1918–1934|| {{blue dot}}
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| 15|| Abram Penn ||1934-1947|| {{blue dot}}
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| 16|| Harvey Black Apperson|| 1947-1948|| {{blue dot}}
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| 17|| James Lindsay Almond Jr || 1948-1957|| {{blue dot}}
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| 18|| Kenneth Cartright Patty|| 1957-1958||{{blue dot}}
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| 19|| Albertis Sydney Harrison Jr ||1958–1961||{{blue dot}}
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| 20|| Frederick Thomas Gray ||1961- 1962|| {{blue dot}}
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| 21|| Robert Young Button|| 1962–1970|| {{blue dot}}
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| 22|| Andrew Pickens Miller ||1970–1977||{{blue dot}}
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| 23|| Anthony Francis Troy ||1977-1978|| {{blue dot}}
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| 24|| John Marshall Coleman ||1978–1982|| {{red dot}}
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| 25|| Gerald Lee Baliles ||1982–1985|| {{blue dot}}
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| 26|| William Gray Broaddus|| 1985-1986|| {{blue dot}}
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| 27|| Mary Sue Terry ||1986–1993|| {{blue dot}}
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| 28|| Stephen Douglas Rosenthal ||1993-1994|| {{blue dot}}
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| 29|| James Stuart Gilmore III ||1994–1997|| {{red dot}}
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| 30|| Richard Cullen ||1997-1998||{{red dot}}
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| 31|| Mark Lawrence Earley ||1998-2001|| {{red dot}}
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| 32|| Randolph Allen Beales ||2001-2002|| {{red dot}}
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| 33|| Jerry Walter Kilgore ||2002–2005|| {{red dot}}
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| 34|| [[Judith Jagdmann|Judith Williams Jagdmann]] ||2005-2006|| {{red dot}}
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| 35|| [[Bob McDonnell|Robert Francis McDonnell]] ||2006–2009|| {{red dot}}
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| 36|| [[Bill Mims|William Cleveland Mims]] ||2009-2010||{{red dot}}
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| 37|| [[Ken Cuccinelli|Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli]] ||2010–2014||{{red dot}}
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| 37|| [[Mark Herring]] ||2014–present||{{blue dot}}
 
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===Civil War attorneys general (1861-1869)===
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====Secession government (1861-1865)====
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John Randolph Tucker was the Democratic attorney general from 1861 to 1865, when Virginia had succeeded in the Civil War.<ref name=encyclopedia/>
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====Restored government (1865-1865)====
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The era from when the Virginia rejoined the Union states and the end of the Civil War is known as the Restored Government of Virginia. There were two attorneys general in this era: Republican James S. Wheat (1861-1862) and Unionist/Republican Thomas Russell Bowden (1863-1869). Bowden served past the end of the Restored Government.<ref name=encyclopedia/>
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===Commonwealth attorneys general (1776-1857)===
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There were 8 Attorneys General of Virginia between 1776-1857.<ref name=encyclopedia>[http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Attorneys_General_of_Virginia ''Encyclopedia Virginia,'' "Attorneys General of Virginia," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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| 1|| Edmund Randolph || 1776-1786||
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| 2|| James Innes|| 1786-1796||
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| 3|| John Marshall||1794-1795||
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| 4|| Robert Brooke||1796-1800||Democratic-Republican
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| 5|| Philip Norborne Nicholas ||1800- 1819|| Democratic-Republican
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| 6|| John Robertson || 1819-1834||
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| 7|| Sidney Smith Baxter ||1834-1852||{{blue dot}}
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
==Contact information==
Office of the Attorney General<BR>
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'''Office of the Attorney General'''<BR>
 
900 East Main Street<BR>
 
900 East Main Street<BR>
 
Richmond, VA 23219<BR>
 
Richmond, VA 23219<BR>
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Ken Cuccinelli|Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia]]
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{{Virginia elected executives}}
*[[Governor of Virginia]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Virginia]]
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*[[Virginia Secretary of State]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/ ''Office of the Virginia Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/index.html ''About the office of the Virginia Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/ Office of the Virginia Attorney General]
*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/Role.html ''Role of the office of the Virginia Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/Opinions%20and%20Legal%20Resources/Opinions/index.html Official opinions of the Virginia attorney general]
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*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/index.html About the office of the Virginia Attorney General]
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*[http://www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/Role.html Role of the office of the Virginia Attorney General]
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 10:59, 31 January 2014

Virginia Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $35,660,544
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Virginia Constitution, Article 5, Section 16
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mark Herring.jpg
Name:  Mark Herring
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 11, 2014
Compensation:  $150,000
Elections
Next election:  November7, 2017
Last election:  November 5, 2013
Other Virginia Executive Offices
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The Attorney General of Virginia is a publicly elected executive official in the Virginia state government. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation for all state agencies. Additionally, the attorney general provides written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the General Assembly and government officials.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mark Herring. He was first elected in 2013.

Authority

The office of the Virginia Attorney General is established in Article 5, Section 16 of the state constitution.

Article X, Section Y:

An Attorney General shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth at the same time and for the same term as the Governor; and the fact of his election shall be ascertained in the same manner...

Qualifications

Article V, Section 16 of the Virginia Constitution also establishes the qualifications of the office:

...No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of Attorney General unless he is a citizen of the United States, has attained the age of thirty years, and has the qualifications required for a judge of a court of record...
  • U.S. citizen
  • at least 30 years old
  • is qualified to be a judge of a court of record in the state

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the next general election.

Duties

The duties and powers of the office of the attorney general include:[1]

  • Provide legal advice and representation to the Governor and executive agencies, state boards and commissions, and institutions of higher education. The advice commonly includes help with personnel issues, contracts, purchasing, regulatory and real estate matters and the review of proposed legislation. The Office also represents those agencies in court.
  • Provide written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the General Assembly and government officials.
  • Defend criminal convictions on appeal, and defend the state when prisoners sue concerning their incarceration.
  • Defend the constitutionality of state laws when they are challenged in court.
  • Enforce state laws that protect businesses and consumers when there are violations. Individual consumer complaints are usually handled by another agency.
  • Represent consumers in utility matters before the State Corporation Commission.
  • Collect debts owed to state agencies, hospitals and universities.
  • Conduct or assist criminal investigations and prosecutions in certain limited cases (for example Medicaid fraud, money laundering, theft of state property, environmental crimes, and computer crimes).
  • Represent the Department of Social Services in its efforts to collect child support on behalf of children and families.
  • Supervise the appointment and payment of private attorneys hired by other state agencies for various matters.
  • Assist victims of crime who are following criminal cases at the appellate level.
  • Provide information to the public on Identity Theft prevention and remediation.
  • Administer grants to help reduce crimes involving gangs, drugs and sex predators.
  • Administer the Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Program to protect children from the most dangerous predators.

A complete list of the duties of the office is outlined in the Virginia state code.[2]

Elections

Virginia state government organizational chart

The attorney general is elected every four years at the same time the governor is elected. These elections take place one year after the presidential elections. In Virginia, 2009, 2013 and 2017 are all election years for the attorney general.[3]

Term limits

According to the state constitution, "There shall be no limit on the terms of the Attorney General."[4]

Full History


Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Virginia ballot measures

In Virginia, the State Attorney General is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Virginia Board of Elections. The Board of Elections refers all campaign finance complaints to the Virginia Attorney General for prosecution. [5]

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Law in Fiscal Year 2012 was $35,660,544.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Attorney General of Virginia was paid an estimated $150,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2011

In 2011, the Virginia Attorney General was paid an estimated $150,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

Commonwealth attorneys general (1869-present)

There have been 37 Attorney Generals of Virginia since 1869. Of the 37 officeholders, 11 were Republican, 22 were Democrat, 3 were Conservatives and 1 was Readjuster.[9]

Civil War attorneys general (1861-1869)

Secession government (1861-1865)

John Randolph Tucker was the Democratic attorney general from 1861 to 1865, when Virginia had succeeded in the Civil War.[9]

Restored government (1865-1865)

The era from when the Virginia rejoined the Union states and the end of the Civil War is known as the Restored Government of Virginia. There were two attorneys general in this era: Republican James S. Wheat (1861-1862) and Unionist/Republican Thomas Russell Bowden (1863-1869). Bowden served past the end of the Restored Government.[9]

Commonwealth attorneys general (1776-1857)

There were 8 Attorneys General of Virginia between 1776-1857.[9]

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Contact information

Virginia

Office of the Attorney General
900 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804-786-2071

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