|Running for Virginia attorney general election, 2013|
|General election||November 5, 2013|
|Virginia Senate District 33|
|2006 - Present|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Date of birth||09/25/1961|
|Place of birth||Johnson City, TN|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 District 33
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Issues
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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 a member of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.
In addition to serving as senator Herring works as an attorney at law.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
- Commerce and Labor Committee
- General Laws and Technology
- Local Government
- Rehabilitation and Social Services
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Herring served on the following committees:
- 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.
Herring defeated one opponent, Justin Fairfax, to win the Democratic primary election on June 11, 2013. He will face Republican nominee Mark Obenshain in the general election, which will be held on November 5, 2013.
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.
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" -- 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. 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.
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. The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into 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.
- Primary election - 2013 Attorney General Race
|Attorney General of Virginia Democratic Primary Election, 2013|
|Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections.|
Primary election polls
|Attorney General of Virginia - 2013 Democratic Primary Race|
|Poll||Justin Fairfax||Mark Herring||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling|
(May 24-28, 2013)
|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|
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:
For a complete list of Herring's endorsements, visit his official campaign website.
- 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.
|Virginia State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Mark Herring Incumbent||54.1%||14,061|
Herring raised $1,059,654 for his campaign while Phillips raised $194,645.
|Virginia State Senate, District 33 (2007)|
|Mark Herring (D)||27,784||56.89%|
|Patricia Phillips (R)||20,994||42.99%|
In 2011, Herring received $723,937 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
|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|
Below are Herring's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2007 election:
|Democratic Party of Virginia||$233,805|
|Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus||$35,374|
|Leadership for Virginia||$35,000|
|Moving Virginia Forward||$22,671|
Herring's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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 Sen. Herring who introduced a bill to ban the substance.
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.
Herring was born in Johnson City, Tennessee on September 25, 1961. Herring is married to Laura Herring.
- Mark Herring - Official Campaign Website
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- Biography from the Virginia Legislature
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Sen. Herring on State Surge
- Campaign contributions:2007
- The Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Herring to run for attorney general in 2013," July 24, 2012
- Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
- Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
- Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
- Politico, "Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate," October 29, 2013
- Politico, "Planned Parenthood targets Mark Obenshain in ad," October 29, 2013
- Washington Post, "National Republican group gives an additional $660K to Obenshain campaign for Virginia AG," October 26, 2013
- The Roanoke Times, "Former Del. Ward Armstrong won't run statewide in 2013," December 12, 2013
- Mark Herring for AG 2013, "Endorsements," accessed March 29, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- 2007 Election Results, Virginia Senate, District 33
- 2007 Campaign Spending, Virginia Senate, District 33
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- "Lawmakers ready to ban fake pot in 2011 session," Virginia Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
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