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   }}{{tnr}}'''Mark R. Herring''' (b. September 25, 1961) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005. He is a current [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Attorney General of Virginia|state attorney general]] in [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|2013]].<ref name=ag13>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/sen-mark-herring-to-run-for-attorney-general-in-2013/2012/07/24/gJQAbHet6W_blog.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012]</ref> Herring defeated [[Justin Fairfax]] in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election.<ref>[http://bluevirginia.us/diary/9504/virginia-primary-election-results-live-blog ''Blue Virginia,'' "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013]</ref>
 
   }}{{tnr}}'''Mark R. Herring''' (b. September 25, 1961) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia State Senate]], representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005. He is a current [[Democratic]] candidate for [[Attorney General of Virginia|state attorney general]] in [[Virginia attorney general election, 2013|2013]].<ref name=ag13>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/sen-mark-herring-to-run-for-attorney-general-in-2013/2012/07/24/gJQAbHet6W_blog.html ''The Washington Post,'' "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012]</ref> Herring defeated [[Justin Fairfax]] in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee [[Mark Obenshain]] in the general election.<ref>[http://bluevirginia.us/diary/9504/virginia-primary-election-results-live-blog ''Blue Virginia,'' "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013]</ref>
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Unofficial results show [[Mark Obenshain]] (R) leading Herring (D) by just 219 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast. The race appears headed for a recount, which can be initiated by the losing party if the margin of victory once the totals are certified is less than 1 percent.<ref> [http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/obenshain-herring-in-dead-heat-in-virginia-attorney-generals-race-recount-expected/2013/11/06/f3d49976-46b0-11e3-b6f8-3782ff6cb769_story.html ''Washington Post,'' "Obenshain, Herring virtually tied in Virginia attorney general’s race; recount expected," November 6, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 11:44, 6 November 2013

Mark Herring
Mark Herring.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Virginia attorney general election, 2013
General electionNovember 5, 2013
Current office
Virginia Senate District 33
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Richmond
Personal
Birthday09/25/1961
Place of birthJohnson City, TN
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Mark R. Herring (b. September 25, 1961) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005. He is a current Democratic candidate for state attorney general in 2013.[1] Herring defeated Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013 and faced Republican nominee Mark Obenshain in the general election.[2]

Unofficial results show Mark Obenshain (R) leading Herring (D) by just 219 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast. The race appears headed for a recount, which can be initiated by the losing party if the margin of victory once the totals are certified is less than 1 percent.[3]

Biography

Herring received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics and M.A. in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also received a J.D. at the University of Richmond. Herring is an attorney at law.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:

Issues

Banning "Spice"

Herring introduced a bill for the 2011 General Assembly session to ban the synthetic marijuana, nicknamed K2 or Spice.

"There’s a reason stores are putting it on their shelves — because teens and young adults are buying it and smoking it," said Herring.

Synthetic marijuana was created in the 1990’s in a lab at Clemson University and has been available for several years, but a nationwide move to ban the substances is only now gaining ground. If the bill passes, Virginia will become the 11th state regulating the product.

Del. T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, said he became concerned with "K2" after hearing reports from law enforcement about people coming into the emergency room after smoking it. One young man was "taken to the emergency room and couldn’t move his arms and legs," Garrett said.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

On July 24, 2012, Herring filed paperwork with the secretary of state in statement of his plans to run for attorney general in 2013. Current officeholder Ken Cuccinelli announced in December that he would seek the governorship in 2013 instead of another term as the state's chief law enforcement official.[1]

Herring defeated one opponent, Justin Fairfax, to win the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013. He then faced Republican nominee Mark Obenshain in the general election on November 5, 2013.

  • General Election - 2013 Attorney General Race
Recount: Virginia Attorney General General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring (MOV post-recount +907) 50% 1,105,045
     Republican Mark Obenshain 50% 1,104,138
Total Votes 2,209,183
Election Results Virginia State Board of Elections.
Virginia Attorney General General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring (MOV pre-recount +165) 49.9% 1,103,777
     Republican Mark Obenshain 49.9% 1,103,612
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 4,892
Total Votes 2,212,281
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.
  • Primary election - 2013 Attorney General Race
Attorney General of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring 51.7% 72,861
Justin Fairfax 48.3% 68,177
Total Votes 141,038
Election Results Via:Virginia State Board of Elections.


Race background

In March 2013, Governing magazine rated Virginia's open attorney general seat as "vulnerable" heading into the 2013-2014 elections because incumbent Republican Ken Cuccinelli was not running for re-election.[5]

The race to replace Cuccinelli began at the primary nomination stage; both Republican convention and Democratic election candidates drew primary contests. On May 18, two "strong fiscal and social conservatives"[5] -- state Sen. Mark Obenshain and state Rep. Rob Bell -- competed for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's closed nominating convention, which Obenshain won.[6] The nominee's late father, GOP politician Richard Obenshain, died in a plane crash during his 1978 campaign for U.S. Senate. Obenshain faced state Sen. Mark Herring in the general election. Herring defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney for Virginia Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election, which took place on June 11, 2013.[7][5]

Although Obenshain was considered the early front-runner, polls showed Herring leading by a very slim margin in late October 2013, a likely effect, or occupational hazard, for Obenshain, of sharing what had become a contaminated GOP ticket. One week before election day, at least two influential backers - Planned Parenthood and Independence USA PAC - hoped to widen the gap with roughly one million dollars worth of media spots lampooning Obenshain for his past support of a "personhood" amendment, which would have banned birth control and abortions regardless of the circumstances," in addition to his stance against increased background checks on prospective gun owners. Independence USA PAC was heavily driven by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The PAC had already invested millions into ads hammering "far-right" Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for his affiliation with the National Rifle Assocation (NRA), and the buys against Obenshain sought to lump the lesser-known AG contender together with Cuccinelli, who was the most recognizable, and possiblly most troubled, candidate appearing on the party's statewide ticket in 2013. Meanwhile, the NRA went on the counterattack; the organization unleashed a $500,000 anti-Herring ad into targeted Virginia markets.[8][9] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into the the effort to elect Obenshain, whom the committee viewed as the only hope for preventing Democrats from scoring a clean sweep of the state-row races in 2013.[10]


Attorney General of Virginia
Poll Mark Herring (D) Mark Obenshain (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(May 24-28, 2013)
33%32%34%+/-3.8672
Roanoke University Poll
(July 8-14, 2013)
29%33%38%+/-4.3525
Public Policy Poll
(July 11-14, 2013)
38%36%25%+/-4.0601
Roanoke University Poll
(September 30 - October 5, 2013)
35%38%26%+/-3.01,046
Christopher Newport Poll
(October 1-6, 2013)
45%42%14%+/-3.1886
Public Policy Poll (Early voters)
(October 19-20, 26-27, 2013)
54%42%4%+/--1,433
Washington Post/Abt-SRBI Poll
(October 24-27, 2013)
49%46%3%+/-4.5762
Garin Hart Young Poll
(October 22-23, 2013)
48%45%7%+/-3.5802
Christopher Newport University Poll of Likely Voters
(October 25-30, 2013)
43%45%12%+/-3.01,038
AVERAGES 41.56% 39.89% 18.11% +/-2.24 862.78
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Endorsements

Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign has been endorsed by The Washington Post, former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, in addition to the following list of public officials[11][12][13]:

  • Members of the State Senate:

Sen. George Barker (Fairfax)
Sen. Chuck Colgan (Prince William)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (Alexandria)
Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke)
Sen. Barbara Favola (Arlington)
Fmr. Sen. Edd Houck (Spotsylvania)
Sen. Janet Howell (Fairfax)
Sen. Mamie Locke (Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas (Portsmouth)
Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax)
Sen. Henry Marsh (Richmond)
Sen. Donald McEachin (Henrico)
Sen. John Miller (Newport News)
Sen. Phil Puckett (Russell)
Fmr. Sen. Patsy Ticer (Alexandria)
Fmr. Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington)

  • Members of the House of Delegates:

Fmr. Del. Ward Armstrong (Henry)
Del. Mayme BaCote (Newport News)
Del. Bob Brink (Arlington)
Del. David Bulova (Fairfax)
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax)
Del. Charniele Herring (Alexandria)
Del. Patrick Hope (Arlington)
Del. Algie Howell (Norfolk)
Del. Matthew James (Portsmouth)
Del. Joe Johnson (Abingdon)
Del. Rob Krupicka (Alexandria)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (Alexandria)
Del. Delores McQuinn (Richmond)
Del. Joe Morrissey (Henrico)
Del. Ken Plum (Fairfax)
Del. Mark Sickles (Fairfax)
Del. Lionell Spruill (Chesapeake)
Del. David Toscano (Charlottesville)
Del. Luke Torian (Prince William)
Fmr. Del. Katherine Waddell (Richmond)
Del. Vivian Watts (Fairfax)

  • Mayors:

Hon. David Bowers (Roanoke)
Hon. Trent Crewe (Wytheville)
Hon. Paul Fraim (Norfolk)
Hon. Michael Gillette (Lynchburg)
Hon. Earnie Porta (Occoquan)
Hon. Kristen Umstattd (Leesburg)
Hon. Molly Ward (Hampton)

  • County Supervisors:

Fmr. Sup. Hon. Susan Buckley (Loudoun)
Hon. John Foust (Fairfax)
Hon. Penelope Gross (Fairfax)
Hon. Gerald Hyland (Fairfax)
Hon. John Jenkins (Prince William)
Hon. Fred Luntsford (Wise)
Hon. Jeff McKay (Fairfax)
Hon. Tyrone Nelson (Henrico)
Fmr. Sup. Hon. John Peace (Wise)
Hon. Frank Principi (Prince William)
Hon. Ronnie Short (Wise)
Hon. Frank Thornton (Henrico)

For a complete list of Herring's endorsements, visit his official campaign website.

Campaign Ads


"Family" discusses state Sen. Herring's prior support for transportation-funding bill in order to "to get folks out of their cars and home to their families." - released September 27, 2013

Campaign finance

Mark Herring[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJuly 15, 2013$229,180.18$206,361.40$(666,172.95)$127,680.99
8 Day Pre-General ReportOctober 28, 2013$1,398,910.90$664,243.82$(1,591,252.96)$471,901.76
Running totals
$870,605.22$(2,257,425.91)

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Herring won re-election to District 33 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and defeated Patricia Phillips in the November 8 general election.[15]

Virginia State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring Incumbent 54.1% 14,061
     Republican Patricia Phillips 45.9% 11,915
Total Votes 25,976

Campaign themes

2011

Herring's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Economic Development & Job Creation
Excerpt: "Innovation is a huge driver of economic growth. Science and technology industry jobs pay high wages and have high growth potential. Senator Herring believes we must take every action possible to make sure that those jobs are created in Virginia."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "As our State Senator, Mark Herring has secured needed state transportation funding for infrastructure projects that have helped to alleviate congestion on some of our area's major roadways."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Senator Herring knows that education is the key to helping children achieve their full potential, ensure that our economy remains strong, and helps to build a workforce that is prepared to compete successfully in a global economy."
  • Open Government
Excerpt: "Senator Herring has been a strong proponent of common sense measures that promote transparency and accountability in government."
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
Excerpt: "Senator Herring strongly believes it is important to honor their service by ensuring that they have the full support of the state and communities throughout our Commonwealth."
  • Energy and Conservation
Excerpt: "Senator Herring believes that Virginia should be a national leader in the production and use of renewable energy."

2007

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Herring won re-election to the 33rd District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Patricia Phillips (R).[16]

Herring raised $1,059,654 for his campaign while Phillips raised $194,645.[17]

Virginia State Senate, District 33 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Herring (D) 27,784 56.89%
Patricia Phillips (R) 20,994 42.99%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Herring received $723,937 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[18]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Herring's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$210,637
Bloomberg, Michael R$25,000
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc$20,000
America Online$17,500
Clarke-Hook Real Estate$12,907
Total Raised in 2011 $723,937
Total Votes received in 2011 14,061
Cost of each vote received $51.49

2007

Below are Herring's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $233,805
One Virginia $45,000
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus $35,374
Leadership for Virginia $35,000
Moving Virginia Forward $22,671

Endorsements

2013

Herring's 2013 attorney general campaign has been endorsed by former Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran, and the following public officials:[19][20]

  • Members of the State Senate:

Sen. George Barker (Fairfax)
Sen. Chuck Colgan (Prince William)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (Alexandria)
Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke)
Sen. Barbara Favola (Arlington)
Fmr. Sen. Edd Houck (Spotsylvania)
Sen. Janet Howell (Fairfax)
Sen. Mamie Locke (Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas (Portsmouth)
Sen. Dave Marsden (Fairfax)
Sen. Henry Marsh (Richmond)
Sen. Donald McEachin (Henrico)
Sen. John Miller (Newport News)
Sen. Phil Puckett (Russell)
Fmr. Sen. Patsy Ticer (Alexandria)
Fmr. Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington)

  • Members of the House of Delegates:

Fmr. Del. Ward Armstrong (Henry)
Del. Mayme BaCote (Newport News)
Del. Bob Brink (Arlington)
Del. David Bulova (Fairfax)
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax)
Del. Charniele Herring (Alexandria)
Del. Patrick Hope (Arlington)
Del. Algie Howell (Norfolk)
Del. Matthew James (Portsmouth)
Del. Joe Johnson (Abingdon)
Del. Rob Krupicka (Alexandria)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (Alexandria)
Del. Delores McQuinn (Richmond)
Del. Joe Morrissey (Henrico)
Del. Ken Plum (Fairfax)
Del. Mark Sickles (Fairfax)
Del. Lionell Spruill (Chesapeake)
Del. David Toscano (Charlottesville)
Del. Luke Torian (Prince William)
Fmr. Del. Katherine Waddell (Richmond)
Del. Vivian Watts (Fairfax)

  • Mayors:

Hon. David Bowers (Roanoke)
Hon. Trent Crewe (Wytheville)
Hon. Paul Fraim (Norfolk)
Hon. Michael Gillette (Lynchburg)
Hon. Earnie Porta (Occoquan)
Hon. Kristen Umstattd (Leesburg)
Hon. Molly Ward (Hampton)

  • County Supervisors:

Fmr. Sup. Hon. Susan Buckley (Loudoun)
Hon. John Foust (Fairfax)
Hon. Penelope Gross (Fairfax)
Hon. Gerald Hyland (Fairfax)
Hon. John Jenkins (Prince William)
Hon. Fred Luntsford (Wise)
Hon. Jeff McKay (Fairfax)
Hon. Tyrone Nelson (Henrico)
Fmr. Sup. Hon. John Peace (Wise)
Hon. Frank Principi (Prince William)
Hon. Ronnie Short (Wise)
Hon. Frank Thornton (Henrico)

For a complete list of Herring's endorsements, visit his official campaign website.

Personal

Herring was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on September 25, 1961. Herring is married to Laura Herring. He is a member of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012
  2. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  3. Washington Post, "Obenshain, Herring virtually tied in Virginia attorney general’s race; recount expected," November 6, 2013
  4. "Lawmakers ready to ban fake pot in 2011 session," Virginia Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  7. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  8. Politico, "Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate," October 29, 2013
  9. Politico, "Planned Parenthood targets Mark Obenshain in ad," October 29, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "National Republican group gives an additional $660K to Obenshain campaign for Virginia AG," October 26, 2013
  11. The Roanoke Times, "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013
  12. Mark Herring for AG 2013, "Endorsements," accessed March 29, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Virginia endorsements: Ralph Northam and Mark Herring," October 16, 2013
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Campaign Finance Report: Mark Herring for Attorney General," July 15, 2013
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
  16. 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 33
  17. 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 33
  18. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  19. The Roanoke Times, "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013
  20. Mark Herring for AG 2013, "Endorsements," accessed March 29, 2013
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