Historic Judicial Appointments in Virginia

June 17, 2022

Today, the General Assembly appointed Thomas Mann and Wesley Russell to the Supreme Court of Virginia, as well as made an appointment to the Court of Appeals.

Senate Judiciary Co-Chair John Edwards said: “Appointing justices to the Supreme Court of Virginia is a responsibility we don’t take lightly–the individuals chosen will be determining the path of the Commonwealth for years. We are proud to appoint Justice Mann and Justice Russell today; their dedication to public service and lifelong commitment to the law will serve them well as they begin their work on the state’s highest court. We also elected Judge Kimberly White from Halifax County to replace Judge Russell on the Court of Appeals. She is exceptionally well qualified and will serve with distinction on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”

Senate Judiciary Co-Chair Creigh Deeds said: “After thorough vetting by their legal peers and members of the General Assembly, Thomas Mann and Wesley Russell have the background, experience, and recommendations to qualify them for the Supreme Court of Virginia. In these appointments, we are naming the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, as well as the first from Fairfax County in many years, in appointing Mr. Mann. We look forward to what will invariably be excellent work as they join the Court.”