John Adams, Republican for Virginia Attorney General

1John Adams at the Augusta County GOP mass meeting. (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

4Introducing himself to Augusta County during the mass meeting. (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

John Adams, running for the Republican nomination for Virginia attorney general, attended Saturday’s Augusta County GOP mass meeting. Friendly and outgoing, he greeted folks and energetically addressed the crowd to introduce himself during his two-minute time slot, laying out an agenda to take on Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

Adams stopped by the media area in the meeting room where News-Virginian political reporter Bob Stuart and I were sitting, and he and Bob bantered back and forth about politics in the Richmond area — all three of us are from Chesterfield County. Bob mentioned Adams in his article about the mass meeting (see Lilly chosen to lead Augusta GOP).

John Adams — with the extremely recognizable name — grew up in Chesterfield County where he attended public schools, graduated with distinction from both VMI and UVA Law School, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Lisa have four sons who attend the same Chesterfield County public schools their parents did. I discovered he lives near my family in Midlothian.

Adams says on his website:

“I am a Virginian, not a politician. As your Attorney General, I’ll stand up to the politicians in Washington and Richmond to restore our Constitutional rights and return government to the people. I have the legal experience to do it … and Virginia needs a new lawyer.”

Along the way, he clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court and served as White House Counsel for President George W. Bush.

Read more about his reasons for running here, and find out more about John Adams and his candidacy for Virginia attorney general at


3 thoughts on “John Adams, Republican for Virginia Attorney General

  1. […] John Adams is running for Virginia Attorney General in 2017. (See my post, John Adams, Republican for Virginia Attorney General.) […]

  2. Calvin Lucy says:

    I just finished reading David McCullough’s book John Adams – 600+ pages, and if you think today’s elections are bad, Adams and Tom Jefferson took it to the limit. Others were even worse. I expect this John Adams will be different. After reading this book, I concluded that John and Abigail Adams were some of the most important people in the revolution. They with Ben Franklin and T. Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and James Madison carried about 98% of the load – and it wasn’t easy. It’s amazing what John Adams survived physically. YLSF

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