John Adams Announces Bid for Attorney General

Will Seek the Republican Nomination in 2017


RICHMOND – John Adams, a Chesterfield County native, former naval officer, and prominent Virginia attorney, announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2017.

"I am not a politician, but like many citizens across the Commonwealth, I am frustrated with our government and those who run it," Adams said. "At the federal level, the government intrudes—often beyond Constitutional limits—into virtually every aspect of our lives. Here in Virginia, we are governed by liberal Democrats and career politicians who believe the answer to any problem is more government and more erosion of our individual liberties," Adams continued.

John Adams was born and raised in Chesterfield County. A distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Adams earned his Economics degree in 1996. Upon graduation, he received his commission as a United States Naval Officer. John served two tours—deploying from Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf and from Norfolk to Central America for counter-narcotics operations.

After serving in the Navy, John attended the University of Virginia School of Law. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court, then served as Associate White House Counsel for President George W. Bush. John eventually returned home to the Richmond area to serve as a federal prosecutor, where he prosecuted violent criminals, white-collar felons, and corrupt public officials.

The grandson of Dr. Theodore F. Adams, the longtime pastor at Richmond's First Baptist Church, John now practices at McGuireWoods. He leads the firm's Government Investigations department, managing more than fifty lawyers worldwide. John and his wife Lisa, also a native of the Richmond area, met in high school and were married after law school. Their four sons attend the same Chesterfield County Public Schools their parents did.

"I have spent the majority of my professional life serving our country and fighting to protect the values that make it the greatest nation on earth. I look forward to traveling across Virginia in the coming months to help elect a Republican president in 2016 and defeat Mark Herring in 2017," Adams said. "I have the experience necessary to represent the Commonwealth, defend our rights in court, preserve our safety, and protect my fellow Virginians' ability to govern themselves the way they see fit."