Mark Herring was sworn in as the 48th Attorney General of Virginia in January, 2014 following eight years serving in the Virginia Senate from one of America's fastest-growing counties. He worked more than 20 years as a lawyer in private practice at his own firm in Leesburg, Virginia.
As Attorney General, Mark took action from the first day in office:
Arguing successfully that the Commonwealth’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution in a legal challenge heard just days after he took office. He reversed the position of his predecessor, Ken Cuccinelli, putting the Commonwealth on the right side of the law and history, and becoming the first Attorney General to successfully argue in court against his state's same-sex marriage ban and win at the federal district and appeals court levels.
Declaring that the children of undocumented immigrants, who are considered legally present through their DACA status, are eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at Virginia colleges and universities.
Defending Virginia's Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan from attack in court by Attorneys General from 21 other states as far away as Alaska—states which have no relationship to the Bay. Virginia is the first Bay state to defend the restoration plan agreed to by all six Bay states and Washington, D.C.
Winning passage of important public safety legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly, including measures to help protect victims of stalking and witness of violent crimes and fight dangerous synthetic drugs.
Winning passage of comprehensive “patent troll” legislation, strictly limiting predatory lawsuits over the intellectual property of Virginia small businesses, and giving the Attorney General powerful new enforcement authority.
Taking on Campus Sexual Assault, helping revise college response plans and leading a task force on the issue appointed by the Governor.
Finding ways to combat the Heroin and Drug Abuse Epidemic with new prosecutors, training, overdose reversal drugs, and Good Samaritan legislation to encourage reporting overdoses.
Instituting a new ethics policy for the office, banning gifts over $100 for himself and the more than 400-person staff, and ending Bob McDonnell's taxpayer-funded counsel in his federal corruption case.