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Updated: Mims selected for Va. Supreme Court seat

Anne Bartlett

The Virginia General Assembly today selected William C. Mims, a former attorney general and Republican legislator from Loudoun County, to fill a vacancy on the Virginia Supreme Court.

Mims, 52, will replace Barbara Keenan, who last week was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

He served three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate, then completed the final year of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's term as attorney general last year when McDonnell resigned to run for governor.

Mims was on the short list to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court in 2007. He is now a partner at Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams.

Update: McDonnell issued a statement: "The overwhelming support for Bill's appointment to the highest court in Virginia is a reflection of the high regard in which he is held by leaders from both parties,'' he said. "Bill will make a tremendous Supreme Court Justice, and I congratulate him on yet another accomplishment in a life dedicated to serving the citizens of Virginia."

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 10, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010  
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I do not understand why gays and lesbians have not demanded representation in the judiciary. Blacks, women, hispanics, Jews, and many other minorities have long lobbied for representation on the bench. Why not gays and lesbians?

Posted by: blasmaic | March 10, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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