AG Staff Spotlight

Chief Deputy Cynthia Hudson
Chief Deputy Cynthia Hudson.

In December 2013, newly-elected Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the appointment of Cynthia Hudson as his chief deputy attorney general. In this role, Hudson administers day-to-day operations within the Attorney General’s Office, overseeing a staff of more than 400 in four offices across the state, including approximately 200 attorneys. The attorneys she oversees work to address public safety issues including consumer protection, human trafficking, Medicaid fraud, gang violence, and elder abuse. She is also working to evaluate, reform, and streamline operations and processes within the office to ensure the most efficient possible delivery of the highest quality work.

Attorney General Herring’s drive for a transparent and open government played a large part in Hudson’s interest in the position.

“Virginia is unique in that we have rich history that is part of the shaping of the foundation of the U.S. government,” said Hudson. “We must strive to be respectful of that.”

Prior to this position, Hudson served as the Hampton city attorney for eight years, having worked in the office since 1996. According to her former colleagues, she left behind a void difficult to fill in her transition to the Commonwealth.

Beginning her career in private practice with McGuireWoods, many of her clients were school boards and city governments: one being the city of Hampton. Hudson eventually joined the city as their attorney and there she flourished in the realm of public service.

“Now, by working in the Attorney General's Office, I have had a dream come true,” she said. “This is the greatest chapter of my professional career.”

Hudson served as president of the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia and is on the board of directors of the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2012, Virginia Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Influential Women of Virginia.

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