Mark Earley

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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.

From 2002 to 2011, Earley was president of Prison Fellowship, a prominent Christian organization dedicated to ministry to prison inmates and their families. He is a husband and a father of six.


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.[1][2] Robertson made a contribution of $35,000 to Earley's campaign. [3]


  1. ^ Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash
  2. ^ Sizemore, Bill. "Robertson, Liberian Leader Hope to Strike Gold in Coastal Africa." The Virginian-Pilot. 2 June 1999. (Copy found here)
  3. ^ [1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Cullen
Attorney General of Virginia
January 17, 1998 – June 4, 2001
Succeeded by
Randolph A. Beales
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Gilmore
Republican Nominee for Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Jerry Kilgore