WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement congratulating Justice Cynthia D. Kinser on being sworn in as Virginia’s first female Chief Justice:
“I am honored to congratulate Justice Cynthia D. Kinser for adding an important page to the Virginia history books and being sworn in as Virginia’s first female Chief Justice. From early on she was one of the female pioneers in the political and legal field. In 1978 she was the only female trial attorney in Lee County and one of only two west of Roanoke. Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor George Allen in 1997, she was the first woman to serve as Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney and chosen as U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District.
“Justice Kinser has a long and distinguished career in service and I am confident she will serve the people of our Commonwealth with great integrity. With the memory of former Chief Justice Hassell still in our hearts, I am proud to congratulate Chief Justice Kinser on this historic occasion and thank her for her dedicated service to our state.”