Mims unanimously confirmed as attorney general

Bill Mims, formerly the chief deputy attorney general, now has the top job after being confirmed unanimously today by the General Assembly.

“The Office of the Attorney General is the law firm for Virginia’s governmental agencies. I am proud to work with such dedicated public servants,” said Mims.

Mims, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 through 1997, and in the Virginia Senate from 1998 to 2005, before being tapped by McDonnell as his top lieutenant in January 2006, will serve as Attorney General through Jan. 2010.

Former attorney general and candidate for governor, Bob McDonnell, issued the following statement:

“Bill Mims has dedicated his career to serving the people of Virginia. Today’s unanimous confirmation vote demonstrates the high regard in which Bill is held by leaders from both political parties. As my Chief Deputy Attorney General over the last three years Bill ran the day to day operations of the office with extraordinary management skill. He is beloved by the staff at the office, widely respected in the Virginia legal and political communities, and well suited to serve as the next Attorney General of Virginia. I have great confidence in Bill. He is a leader of great character and intellect, and he will run the Commonwealth’s law firm with honor. I congratulate Bill on his confirmation as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

McDonnell resigned as attorney general Feb. 20 in order to pursue his campaign for governor full-time. The practice is customary by both Democrats and Republicans who have sought the office after being attorney general.

“I am honored to serve as Attorney General following Bob McDonnell,” Mims said. “Bob McDonnell was an exceptional Attorney General, and I plan to continue his legacy by providing the very best legal services for Virginia’s citizens.”