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New Va. Supreme Court chief justice

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cynthia D. Kinser was elected by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as the state's next Chief Justice, the court announced Tuesday at its annual business meeting.

Kinser will assume the post in February, replacing current Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr., who held the job for eight years. She is the first woman to hold the post of chief justice.

Hassell will remain a member of the court.

Kinser was appointed to Virginia's high court by Gov. George Allen (R) in 1997, and has been reelected twice by the state's General Assembly to 12-year terms, including earlier this year.

The chief justice serves a four-year term, and is chosen by vote of the seven justices.

Kinser is a former Commonwealth's Attorney from Lee County, the western-most county in Virginia with a population of about 24,000, where she currently lives. She also served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge before joining the state Supreme Court.

This item has been updated since it was first posted.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  August 31, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Uh-oh... better not let McDoofus or Kookynutty know about this! A woman in a prominent, well-respected position? That can't be! Women are all supposed to be continually subservient, barefoot, and pregnant, aren't we?

Posted by: nan_lynn | August 31, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@Nan Lynn, Justice Kinser was appointed by George Allen. I think Bob McDonnell is fine with this.

Posted by: Smith22039 | August 31, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

back @ Smith22039: I suspect so, for the very reason you cite. Which is exactly my point. Situational politics, anyone?

Posted by: nan_lynn | September 1, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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