|Name||Jerry W. Kilgore|
Gate City, Virginia , United States
|| August 23, 1961
Jul 24, 2005 12:09pm
|Info||Attorney General Jerry Kilgore hit the ground running immediately upon taking office on January 12, 2002. With the General Assembly already in session, he quickly put into motion his sweeping agenda for making Virginia an even better and safer place to call home. Within his first four months in office, the legislature and the governor approved Kilgore�s plans to combat domestic violence, fight the war on terrorism, expand the use of DNA evidence in violent crimes, and make government more open and accessible to the people. |
In the 2003 session of the General Assembly, Kilgore successfully pushed initiatives to fight the growing crime of Identity Theft, increase penalties for possession of child pornography, increase the security of Virginia driver's licenses, fight the electronic scourge of Spam e-mail and keep sexually violent predators off the streets.
Currently, Kilgore is leading two Task Forces designed to solve problems facing Virginians. His Task Force on Access to Higher Education is working on ways to ensure that the tens of thousands of new Virginia college students expected this decade have the opportunity to obtain a higher education. In addition, Kilgore�s Anti-Gang Task Force is addressing the growing problem of gang activity in all regions of Virginia.
As Attorney General, Kilgore believes that government should help keep Virginians safe from violent predators, combat terrorism, keep drugs away from our children and protect our citizens � especially seniors � from fraud and abuse. Kilgore also believes government should be open and accessible as it protects the environment and ensures safe schools so our children can learn. Kilgore wants to make sure government fosters an environment for good jobs and economic growth through low taxes and reasonable regulations.
Kilgore was elected Virginia's 42nd Attorney General in November 2001, receiving more than 60% of the vote. Prior to his election as Attorney General, Kilgore served as Secretary of Public Safety for then Governor George Allen � managing 11 State agencies, including the Virginia State Police, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, more than 17,000 employees and a one billion-dollar budget.
Kilgore led the nationally recognized criminal justice reform efforts for Governor Allen. He successfully implemented the abolition of parole and was Vice Chairman of the Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform. Violent crime decreased 12% during his tenure as Secretary and Virginia's correctional system was recognized as a model for the nation by the news media. Kilgore also played an active role in Virginia's welfare reform, which requires able-bodied welfare recipients to work for their benefits.
Jerry Kilgore also served on the front lines of law enforcement as both a State and Federal prosecutor. During the end of the Reagan Administration and through the George H.W. Bush Administration, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kilgore concentrated on prosecutions brought from five regional drug task forces - earning a reputation as an effective courtroom prosecutor for his successful prosecution of hundreds of drug dealers. As an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Scott County, Kilgore prosecuted a variety of criminal cases.
Kilgore received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1986 and is a graduate of University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia).
Born on August 23, 1961, Kilgore is married to a former public school teacher, Marty Kilgore. She served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Gilmore, and is currently Executive Director of the Tobacco Settlement Foundation. They have two children: Klarke, age 10, and Kelsey, age seven.