“Since last August, the Virginia House of Delegates has been resolved to fulfill its constitutional duty to elect a Justice to the Supreme Court of Virginia. We are grateful for Judge Alston’s willingness to serve our Commonwealth, and are disappointed he will not have the opportunity to sit on the Supreme Court.
“Nonetheless, we remain committed to meeting our responsibility and electing a justice before the 2016 session ends. There is unanimous support within the House Republican Caucus to elect Court of Appeals Judge Stephen R. McCullough to the Supreme Court. Judge McCullough has served Virginia with distinction for over 19 years. He is an experienced appellate judge, who has previously been endorsed for the Supreme Court by every major bar association. Prior to his election to the Court of Appeals, he served in the Attorney General’s office as the Solicitor General and as an Assistant Attorney General. He is a steady and consistent jurist who will apply the law as it is written.
“The House Courts of Justice Committee will interview and certify Judge McCullough this afternoon, and I expect the House to take a final vote on Thursday.”