Spotlight: Virginia AG Mark Herring

Areas of focus since taking office have included:

  1. Combating the heroin and opioid epidemic with a comprehensive strategy that includes: enforcements, education, prevention, treatment, and legislation
  2. Protecting Virginia’s natural resources by fighting in court for clean air, clean water, renewable energy, and the Chesapeake Bay.
  3. Modernizing and reforming the Office of Attorney General to give taxpayers the best value for their dollar, promote transparency and accountability, and update the use of technology.

Professional background: AG Herring served in the Virginia State Senate for eight years, where he worked to bring technology-based economic development to the Northern Virginia region and secure transportation funding for needed projects. AG Herring’s first public service role was as the town attorney for Lovettsville (1992-1999); he was then elected as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (2000-2003). Additionally, AG Herring was in private practice for more than 20 years, where he established a successful law practice in his hometown of Leesburg, VA.

Education: AG Herring has a B.A. in foreign affairs and economics and an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He subsequently obtained a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Personal: AG Herring and his wife, Laura, have two children, daughter Peyton and son Tim.