I think a modern attorney general takes a broader and more expansive view of those he or she serves. The role of attorney general dates back to the courts of Medieval England, when a lawyer was needed to represent the legal interests of the King or Queen. But after the Revolution, as Americans, we are a government of the people. The attorney general has become a guardian of the public interest.
One of the great missions of attorneys general is the pursuit of justice, and there are key moments where actions say something really important about who were are. We must be on the right side of the law and the right side of history.
A modern attorney general knows the law should help us, protect us, and work for all Virginians. That’s why I am fighting to make sure we're using cutting-edge tactics and technology to prepare for tomorrow's public safety threats, working to create a business climate where our Main Street businesses flourish alongside high- tech employers, and helping ensure that Virginia is a more welcoming place for all.
That’s why I was the first attorney general in the nation to challenge my own state’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples in court and win. That’s why I am defending Virginia women’s access to affordable insurance on health exchanges and continuing my work to protect the right of Virginia’s women to make their own health care decisions. That’s why I looked at the law and determined that children of undocumented immigrants—who’ve played by the rules and are considered lawfully present by the U.S. government—qualify for and deserve in-state tuition. I’m proud the federal government looked at our reasoning and clarified it for everyone else.
It’s also why I’ve formed One Commonwealth PAC. Change is never quiet. We must continue to speak clearly and forcefully for the voices of all Virginians to be heard as one Commonwealth. I hope you will join us in this effort.