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Melvin appointed to Portsmouth bench

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.

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