Loudoun’s own former Delegate and Senator Bill Mims has been appointed and affirmed as Virgina’s newest Justice of the state’s Supreme Court.
The House of Delegates and Senate today appointed Mims to replace Justice Barbara Keenan, who was appointed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals by the U.S. Senate last week. Mims had been tapped as the leading candidate to take Keenan’s seat before the vote Wednesday.
Mims is only the second Virginian to serve in the General Assembly, as Attorney General and on the Supreme Court. Mims served as Attorney General until January, filling the seat when Bob McDonnell resigned the office to campaign full time for governor. He had served as deputy attorney general under McDonnell and represented Loudoun in the House of Delegates from 1992 to 1997 and the Senate from 1998 to 2005. He became the Deputy Attorney General in January 2006.
Bill Mims lived just 4 doors down from me right here in Sterling while he was our Senator to the General Assembly and a nicer guy you can’t find. He followed his good friend Bob McDonnell down to Richmond in 2006 after McDonnell was elected Attorney General and served as AG himself, as stated above, when McDonnell resigned to pursue the governorship. It’s such a pleasant surprise to see that he was appointed to Virginia’s high court and I’m 100% confident that he’ll do a fantastic job.
Congrats, Bill! I’m looking forward to hearing more about you over these next 12 years that you’ll be on the bench.
(Thanks, much, to The Loudoun Scoop for keeping we Loudouners informed!)