Last edited: January 27, 2005

Jagdmann Breezes to Likely Approval as Attorney General

Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 27, 2005

By Tyler Whitley

House and Senate committees quickly certified the qualifications of Judith R. Jagdmann yesterday, paving the way for her election by the General Assembly tomorrow as Virginia’s next Attorney General. Jagdmann, deputy in charge of the civil litigation division in the attorney general’s office, will replace Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore when he steps down at noon Tuesday.

Kilgore is the prospective Republican candidate for governor. He is resigning to devote time to his campaign.

Quizzed gently by the House and Senate courts of justice committees, Jagdmann said she has earned the reputation of being a hard worker who is dependable and exercises common sense.

She acknowledged that she has had no “direct experience” in criminal law, but said she will rely on the criminal law staff of the attorney general’s office, which, she said, is “second to none in the United States.”

Asked by Sen. Nick Rerras, R-Norfolk, whether she would appeal a recent Virginia Supreme Court opinion striking down Virginia’s statute prohibiting fornication between unmarried people, Jagdmann said she had not followed the case closely.

She said she would follow precedent but also felt strong consideration should be given to the policies passed by the legislature.

Jagdmann has worked in the attorney general’s office for seven years. Before that she was a counsel at the State Corporation Commission.

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