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By Trevor BaratkoLoudoun Times-Mirror

Sen. Mark Herring (D-Dist. 33) is “very seriously considering” a bid for the state attorney general post in the November 2013 election.

“It is something that I am very seriously considering. However, right now I am focused on the state budget and securing a meaningful contribution from the state for Phase Two,” said Herring, whose district contains parts of eastern Loudoun and eastern Fairfax counties. “I have no plans to make an official announcement at this time, but as I talk to people all over the state I have received a lot of encouragement.”

In recent weeks, Herring has served as a lead advocate for more state funding toward phase two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which will extend rail service into Loudoun County.

A principal at Herring & Turner, a general civil practice law firm, Herring was elected to the Virginia Senate in a special election Jan. 31, 2006.

In 1999, he was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from the Leesburg district.

Current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, is running for governor next year.

Two Republicans, Virginia Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Dist. 26) and Del. Robert Bell (R-Dist. 58), have announced intentions to run for attorney general in 2013.

The attorney general’s office serves as the law firm for Virginia state government and its agencies, boards and commissions that compose that government.

The office, structured similar to a private law firm, includes a chief deputy attorney general, four deputy attorneys general and more than 400 employees that include assistant attorneys general, additional lawyers appointed as special counsel to particular agencies, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other professional support staff.