Gov. Tim Kaine appointed retiring Del. Ken Melvin, D-Portsmouth, today to the Portsmouth Circuit Court effective May 1.
The appointment had been expected after the 12-term legislator announced his retirement earlier this year.
Melvin, 56, is a sole practitioners specializing in criminal and personal injury law.
A member of the Courts of Justice, Finance and Commerce and Labor committees, Melvin is among the legislature’s most respected members.
He will fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Mark S. Davis to U.S. District Court.
The governor’s office has a press release with more detail.