Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Cynthia V. Bailey as counsel to the governor. Northam announced the appointment via a press release on Sept. 10.
Bailey previously served as a deputy attorney general under Mark Herring from 2014 until 2019 and as an assistant attorney general under Attorneys General Gerald Baliles and Mary Sue Terry.
After retiring as deputy attorney general in 2019, Bailey was appointed to the Virginia Resources Authority Board of Directors. According to the VRA’s website, Bailey’s term was set to expire on June 30, 2023. Bailey has served in many organizations throughout her career, including the boards for the Virginia Foundation for Public Media, the Library of Virginia Foundation and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Council, among others.
Bailey is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and the College of William and Mary.
Bailey’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the previous counsel to the governor, Rita Davis. Davis, the first woman to serve as counsel to the governor, left the administration in August to serve as legal counsel for the secretary of defense at the Pentagon. Davis had been with the administration since Northam took office in 2018 and helped guide the administration through multiple high-profile cases, including the legal battle over the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond.