U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) Endorses John Adams for Attorney General

RICHMOND – Earlier today, John Adams, candidate for Attorney General in 2017, received the endorsement of United States Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  Senator Lee was elected in the 2010 midterm elections, which saw historic gains for Republicans across the country, and serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He is a leading voice for constitutional conservatism and has been at the forefront of the battle over repealing Obamacare.  In his first term, he has fought to protect civil liberties, enact conservative tax reform, and hold his own Party’s leadership accountable.

“John is a movement conservative and a principled legal thinker who understands that liberty is preserved through adherence to our Constitution,” said Senator Lee. “I have known John since we clerked together at the Supreme Court when I was with Justice Alito and he was just down the hall with Justice Thomas. Over the years, I have urged John to seek political office because I know he shares my conservative values and will fight to protect Virginians from government overreach.”
“Whether it was during his time in the Navy, serving at the Supreme Court, or prosecuting criminals and corrupt public officials as an Assistant United States Attorney, John has dedicated his life to public service,” Senator Lee continued. “I am thrilled for Virginia that he has now answered the call to run for office.  I fully endorse John Adams for Attorney General.”

John Adams announced in late January that he was seeking the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia in 2017.  In less than two months, John has attended or held events in every region of the Commonwealth, visiting nearly 30 counties in all.
“I know that John understands that attorneys general have an important role to fill as vanguards against Washington's often unconstitutional overreach into the dominion of the States and the People,” said Senator Lee. “I cannot imagine a more qualified person, or a more natural conservative leader, to serve the Commonwealth as their Attorney General.”

John Adams responded, “It is truly humbling to receive Senator Lee's endorsement.  He is an outstanding example of the kind of principled constitutional conservative our nation needs. I am proud to call him a friend.”

John was born and raised in Chesterfield County, where he currently resides with his wife and four children.  A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he served two tours as a United States Naval Officer before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. He then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court, served as Associate White House Counsel for President George W. Bush, and returned home to the Richmond area to serve as a federal prosecutor.  He currently practices at McGuireWoods and leads the firm's Government Investigations department, managing more than fifty lawyers worldwide.