Virginia Attorney General

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 02, 2021

Filing Window

Mar 08, 2021 - Jun 08, 2021


The Attorney General of Virginia is a publicly elected executive official in the Virginia state government. The attorney general provides legal advice and representation for all state agencies. Additionally, the attorney general provides written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the Virginia General Assembly and government officials. The duties and powers of the office of the attorney general include: Provide legal advice and representation to the governor and executive agencies, state boards and commissions and institutions of higher education. The advice commonly includes help with personnel issues, contracts, purchasing, regulatory and real estate matters and the review of proposed legislation. The office also represents those agencies in court; Provide written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the general assembly and government officials; Defend criminal convictions on appeal and defend the state when prisoners sue concerning their incarceration; Defend the constitutionality of state laws when they are challenged in court; Enforce state laws that protect businesses and consumers when there are violations. Individual consumer complaints are usually handled by another agency. The salary for this office is $150,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Virginia Department of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate candidate filing forms. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including a Statement of Organization, a Certificate of Candidate Qualification, a Declaration of Candidacy, a Petition of Qualified Voters, a Statement of Economic Interests and a Filing Fee. Next, if you are running as an independent, file these papers with the Virginia Department of Elections. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party headquarters for additional information. The location to file the forms listed above varies depending on the type of district you are running as a candidate in, please contact the Virginia Department of elections to confirm the correct location to file these forms. 3) Submit the filing paperwork by the filing deadline, which is the the 2nd Tuesday in June at 7:00pm for independent candidates. The Virginia Department of Elections, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have, can be reached by phone at (804) 864-8901 or by email at [email protected] Another source for candidate information is your local general registrat. Local general registrat contact information can be found here: The 2015 candidates guide for state assembly positions can be found here: The 2016 candidates guide for running for U.S. Representative can be found here:

Submit application to:
Virginia State Board of Elections, 1100 Bank St, Richmond, VA, 23219, US