As Attorney General, Mark Herring will put the law first, not politics. Virginians deserve equal protection under the law, regardless of the Attorney General’s personal politics.
As a member of the Virginia state Senate, Mark has worked hard to protect Virginians by putting aside political posturing and instead focus on finding solutions to the challenges Virginians face each day. As Attorney General, he will continue to do so. In particular, he will focus on the following areas:
Protecting Women’s Health Care
Mark Herring strongly believes that women’s healthcare decisions are personal, not political, and that politicians in Richmond have no right to be involved in them. As Virginia’s next Attorney General, he will defend a woman’s right to make personal, private decisions regarding her reproductive health and he will continue to be a strong voice in the fight against the extreme agenda of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, Mark Obenshain and their allies in Richmond. Women can trust Mark Herring to take politics out of the Attorney General’s office and focus on keeping Virginia’s families safe by preventing gun violence and cracking down on designer drugs, combating sexual and domestic violence, and creating jobs and ensuring paycheck fairness. Read more about why Mark Herring will be an Attorney General women can trust.
"I don't believe politicians in Richmond have any business interfering with women's personal contraception decisions. As your Attorney General, I'll keep politicians out of women's healthcare and put the law first." - Mark Herring
Enhancing Ethics in State Government
Elected officials are entrusted with great responsibility and should be held to the highest ethical standards. Unfortunately, the bad decisions, apparent conflicts of interest and lack of transparency at the highest levels of Virginia government have shown that our elected leaders can no longer be trusted to hold themselves accountable, that our current laws have failed and that action must be taken to restore the public trust. As Virginia’s next Attorney General, Mark Herring will work tirelessly to restore the public trust, press for strict new laws that hold elected officials accountable for their actions and actively enforce ethics laws to root out corruption. Read more about Mark’s Ethics Plan.
“Virginia government is facing an ethics crisis that requires real leadership and meaningful action from elected officials. Mark Obenshain wants to let political calculus determine the state’s accountability. Mark Obenshain made it clear yesterday he will continue Ken Cuccinelli’s politics-first approach. As Attorney General, I am committed to returning credibility to the office, accountability to our state government and restoring the public trust.” - Mark Herring
Combating Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is an emerging public safety threat across our nation, including here in Virginia. Trafficked victims don’t come from any one place. They come from large cities, small towns, different socio-economic situations and diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. They are recruited from schools, malls, youth centers and over the internet. Mark Herring is committed to eradicating human trafficking in Virginia and believes it is of paramount importance that state laws be as strong as possible. As Attorney General, Mark will work with the General Assembly, law enforcement and prosecutors to stop human trafficking. Read more about Mark’s Human Trafficking Plan.
“This heinous crime violates the human rights of its victims and it makes our communities less safe. We must eliminate this deplorable practice from our Commonwealth. My plan strengthens existing law and enhances the capabilities of our prosecutors and law enforcement officials to prevent human trafficking from taking root. As Attorney General, I will work tirelessly in an effort to make human trafficking in Virginia disappear.” - Mark Herring
Promoting Equality in Virginia
Mark Herring believes that all Virginians deserve equal protection under the law. As Attorney General, Mark will be committed to protecting civil rights and will use the powers of the office to promote equality. This is particularly important because Virginia’s human rights agency is now a division of the Office of the Attorney General. Mark will use Attorney General’s office to pursue a more equal Virginia. Read more about Mark’s Equality Agenda.
“As I travel across the Commonwealth, the message is consistent and clear: Virginians are ready for fundamental change in the office of Attorney General. That change starts with having an Attorney General who will promote equality, rather than sow division. I’m committed to an Equality Agenda because I believe it’s time we had an Attorney General who will protect and defend the civil rights of all Virginians.” - Mark Herring
The expansion of electronic communication and online networks have brought numerous societal benefits: ease of communication, increased productivity and economic expansion. The sheer amount of personal and business data borne by technological expansion also brings new security threat. With a robust presence of federal government civilian, defense and intelligence agencies and a growing private cluster of more than 70 data security facilities across the Commonwealth, Virginia has a critical role to play in storing, managing and securing personal and business data. As Virginia’s next Attorney General, Mark Herring will work to ensure our sensitive data is more secure. Read more about Mark’s plan to enhance Cyber Security.
“Virginia is a burgeoning technology hub that will continue to grow. We need strong leadership from the highest levels of state government to enact enhanced measures that support and safeguard the Commonwealth’s innovation industry. As Attorney General, I will work with the General Assembly to make sure these cyber security provisions become reality so that we can keep Virginia competitive.” - Mark Herring
Keeping Virginians Safe
As Attorney General, Mark will make protecting Virginians a top priority, particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. In 2012, Mark received a “Champion of Justice” award from the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys because he took on tough issues like designer drugs and protecting victims of domestic violence. This is the approach he will take to the Office of Attorney General. Read more about his approach to keeping families safe.
Supporting Our Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
Virginia is fortunate to be home to so many military personnel, veterans and their families. Mark Herring strongly believe it is important to honor their service by ensuring that they have the full support of the state and communities throughout our Commonwealth. As Attorney General, he will build off his record of commitment to service members, veterans and their families and continue to make it easier for veterans to transition smoothly back home. Read more about Mark’s approach to supporting Veterans.
“Our Commonwealth is fortunate to be home to so many who have sacrificed to protect our country. Both during their deployment and after they return home to Virginia, I strongly believe it is important to honor their service by ensuring that they have the full support of our public institutions and communities throughout the Commonwealth, including the Attorney General’s office.” - Mark Herring
Defending Civil Rights
While we have come a long way in Virginia toward equal protection under the law for all citizens, we have fallen short in several critical areas. As a state Senator, Mark Herring has been fighting to protect civil rights, particularly in recent years as assaults against the rights of women and minorities have dominated the political debate. As Attorney General, he will continue to do so. Read more about Mark’s approach to defending Civil Rights.
Improving Transportation Infrastructure
We all know Virginia has a transportation problem. A recent report listed the Northern Virginia region as the most congested area in the nation, with Hampton Roads not far behind. The hours people spend in traffic each day is time away from work, family, or recreational activities. Cars idling on our highways also leads to high levels of pollution. As Attorney General, Mark will promote and enforce laws to fix transportation so people can get moving again, and to improve our air quality.