Mark Lawrence Earley (born July 26, 1954) is an American politician. As a member of the Republican Party, he was elected to the Virginia State Senate (1988–1998) and then as Attorney General of Virginia from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, he resigned as Attorney General to focus his time on the 2001 campaign for Governor of Virginia. He ran to succeed James Gilmore, but lost to businessman and Democratic Party leader Mark Warner.
As Attorney General of Virginia, Earley blocked any potential prosecution against evangelist Pat Robertson after an investigation by the Commonwealth of Virginia concluded that Robertson diverted his ministry's donations to a Liberian diamond-mining operation. Robertson made a contribution of $35,000 to Earley's campaign. 
|Attorney General of Virginia
January 17, 1998 – June 4, 2001
Randolph A. Beales
|Party political offices|
|Republican Nominee for Governor of Virginia
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