Mark Herring

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent


Mark Herring earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Richmond. Herring is a former member of the Senate of Virginia and served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 2000-2003. As Attorney General of Virginia, he sued to block the selling of untraceable 3D guns and started campaigns to reduce community violence.

Key Issues


Herring plans to continue his work with the Worker Protection Unit to prevent workers from being exploited and educate workers on their rights and Consumer Protection Section to recover money taken from Virginian taxpayers by scams. He supports immigration reform which will grant immigrants children the opportunity to pursue affordable college education and combat hate crimes.


Herring plans to continue to make Virginia more diverse and welcoming to immigrants by creating tools to protect those vulnerable to hate crimes and give Virginia DREAMers in-state tuition. He plans to strengthen relationships between law enforcement agencies and their communities with training on implicit bias and more diverse recruitment, as well as expand the diversity in Virginia’s lawyers.

Women's Rights

Herring supports economic fairness and reproductive justice for women. He has worked to protect women’s health clinics from retrofits which would have closed many abortion offering clinics.

Environmental Reform/Climate Change

Herring supports clean air and water, open spaces, clean energy, and holding polluters accountable. He has defended the Bay cleanup plan and worked to bring enforcement actions against polluters in Virginia’s waterways, as well as helped develop the renewable energy sector in Virginia.

Gun Policy

Herring supports combating gun violence with gun safety measures. He has implemented gun violence protection programs including a “one handgun a month” policy, “red flag” law, and mandatory background checks. He plans on regulating the production of 3-D printed guns.

Protecting Children

Herring supports protecting children against child predators. He has worked to prosecute child predators by using technology and mobile computer forensic labs. He has invested in technology to identify child victims and provide additional evidence and investigations. He supports the bipartisan Campaign for Child Rescue, which promotes new technology in investigations and evidence building.


Herring supports emphasis on education, prevention, and treatment as opposed to arrests. He has worked to prosecute drug manufacturers at fault for the opioid epidemic, as well as heroin dealers and traffickers. He supports heroin task forces around Virginia as well as making overdose reversal drugs more accessible to law enforcement and first responders.


Don Beyer, Congressman; Gerry Connolly, Congressman; Jim Moran, Former Congressman; Rick Boucher, Former Congressman; Leslie Byrne, Former Congresswoman; Eileen Filler-Corn, House of Delegates Speaker 41st District; Charniele Herring, House of Delegates House Majority Leader 46th District; Dawn Adams, House of Delegates 68th District; David Bulova, House of Delegates 37th District; Betsy Carr, House of Delegates 69th District; Karrie Delaney, House of Delegates 67th District; Wendy Gooditis, House of Delegates 10th District; Alfonso Lopez, House of Delegates 49th District; Delores McQuinn, House of Delegates 70th District; Ken Plum, House of Delegates 36th District; Rip Sullivan, House of Delegates 48th District; Mark Sickles, House of Delegates 43rd District; Vivian Watts, House of Delegates 39th District; Rodney Willet, House of Delegates 73rd District; David Toscano, Former Delegate/Democratic Leader; Louise Lucas, State Senate President Pro Tempore; Dick Saslaw, State Senate Majority Leader; Janet Howell, State Senator; Ghazala Hashmi, State Senator; John Bell, State Senator; Adam Ebbin, State Senator; Barbara Favola, State Senator; George Barker, State Senator; Dave Marsden, State Senator; Chap Petersen, State Senator; Scott Surovell, State Senator; Phil Weiser, Attorney General of the State of Colorado; William Tong, Attorney General of the State of Connecticut; Kathy Jennings, Attorney General of the State of Delaware; Karl Racine, Attorney General of the District of Columbia; Clare Connors, Attorney General of the State of Hawaii; Kwame Raoul, Attorney General of the State of Illinois; Tom Miller, Attorney General of the State of Iowa; Aaron Frey, Attorney General of the State of Maine; Brian Frosh, Attorney General of the State of Maryland; Maura Healey, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Dana Nessel, Attorney General of the State of Michigan; Keith Ellison, Attorney General of the State of Minnesota; Aaron Ford, Attorney General of the State of Nevada; Hector Balderas, Attorney General of the State of New Mexico; Letitia James, Attorney General of the State of New York; Josh Stein, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina; Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General of the State of Oregon; Josh Shapiro, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Peter Neronha, Attorney General of the State of Rhode Island; TJ Donovan, Attorney General of the State of Vermont; Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of the State of Washington; Josh Kaul, Attorney General of the State of Wisconsin; Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria; Alison Silberberg, Former Mayor of Alexandria; Alonzo Jones, Mayor of Danville; Sherman Saunders, Former Mayor of Danville; Sheila Olem, Mayor of Herndon; Lisa Merkel, Former Mayor of Herndon; Kelly Burk, Mayor of Leesburg; Jeanette Rishell, Mayor of Manassas Park; John David Smith, Mayor of Winchester; Renee Turk, Mayor of Salem; MaryJane Dolan, Mayor of Lynchburg; Joe Cobb, Pastor and former Vice Mayor of Roanoke; Lori Haas, Senior Director of Advocacy, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Andrew Goddard, Board Member, Virginia Center for Public Safety; Andy Parker, Activist, Author; Martina Leinz, Brady Board Member and NOVA Chapter Leader, Burke, VA; Dave Harrison, Esquire, ABA GVP Committee member, Roanoke, VA; Kayla Hicks, Founder and Executive Director, Sustain Equity Group, Newport News, VA; Catherine Koebel Stromberg, Founding Member Blue Ridge Coalition Against Gun Violence, Blacksburg, VA; Stacey Kincaid, Sheriff Fairfax County; Jim Brown, Sheriff Charlottesville; Vanessa Crawford, Sheriff Petersburg; Tony Roper, Sheriff Clarke County; Mike Worrell, Sheriff Pulaski County; Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff Alexandria; Tim Allen, Sheriff Roanoke; Steven Dye, Sheriff Russell County; Alisa Gregory, Sheriff Henrico County; Beth Arthur, Sheriff Arlington County; Gabe Morgan, Sheriff Newport News; Phyllis Randall, Chairwoman Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Judy Le, School Board Representative Albemarle County; Libby Garvey, Chair, Arlington County Board of Supervisors; Matt De Ferranti, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board Member; Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Member; Ingrid H. 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Mark Herring for Attorney General