Miyares picks ex-McConnell counsel as solicitor general

In this Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, Virginia Republican Lt. Governor candidate Jason Miyares addresses the Virginia FREE Leadership Luncheon in McLean, Va. Seeking a third term as Virginia's attorney general, Democrat Mark Herring proudly touts a progressive record that includes defending gay marriage, gun control and criminal justice reform. Miyares, Herring's opponent in next month’s elections, looks at that same record in disgust, calling it part of the “far-left monopoly that’s been happening in Richmond the last few years.”

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former chief counsel to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been selected to serve as Virginia’s next solicitor general.

GOP Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares announced Andrew Ferguson’s appointment Wednesday in the first major hiring announcement of his new administration. According to a news release from Miyares’ office, Ferguson served as chief counsel to McConnell from 2019 until 2021.

In that role, Ferguson was McConnell’s judicial confirmation strategist, including on the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

The solicitor general represents the Commonwealth in major cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Virginia and federal circuit courts.

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