- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly yesterday unanimously elected Judith W. Jagdmann as the new state attorney general.

Mrs. Jagdmann, 46, replaces outgoing Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, a Republican who is stepping down next week to run for governor.

Both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly unanimously confirmed the nomination with no debate.

“I’m honored the House and Senate have put their faith and trust in me,” said Mrs. Jagdmann, who will be the first Republican woman to hold the post.

Mrs. Jagdmann, who is now the deputy attorney general of civil litigation, was the only nominee for the job. She will assume the position when Mr. Kilgore leaves office Tuesday and complete his term until a new attorney general is sworn in next January.

Mrs. Jagdmann is from Lee County in Southwest Virginia. She lives in Richmond with her husband ,Joe, and two children and has served in the Attorney General’s Office seven years under Mr. Kilgore and former Attorney General Mark L. Earley, a Republican.

She has worked on utility and deregulation issues. Before coming to the Attorney General’s Office, Mrs. Jagdmann served 12 years as counsel at the State Corporation Commission, which regulates Virginia businesses.

Her father, Glen M. Williams, is a senior U.S. District Court judge in Abingdon, Va.

Mr. Kilgore stepped down following the tradition of past attorneys general who decided to run for governor. However, most of his predecessors stepped down over the summer after winning a primary election.

Mr. Kilgore said he wanted to resign before the legislative session adjourned Feb. 26, to allow the General Assembly to confirm his replacement. If he stepped down after the adjournment, Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, would have had to appoint a new attorney general.

Mr. Kilgore, who has accepted a job with the law firm of Williams Mullen in Richmond, praised Mrs. Jagdmann.

“I am confident that I am leaving the office in the hands of a woman who is capable of carrying on our mission of improving the lives of Virginians and making the commonwealth an even better place to call home,” he said yesterday.

Mrs. Jagdmann has not expressed interest in running for attorney general once her term is up.

“I’ll take one day at a time,” she said yesterday. “Right now I have a big job to do and I’m looking forward to doing it.”

Several candidates from both parties have already expressed interest in running for attorney general this year. The primary is tentatively scheduled for June 14 and the general election will be held Nov. 8.

Delegate Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia Beach is challenging Richmond lawyer Steve Baril for the Republican nomination.

Sen. Robert Creigh Deeds of Charlottesville and Sen. John S. Edwards of Roanoke are each seeking the Democratic nomination.

Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, is expected to challenge Mr. Kilgore in the gubernatorial race.

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