G. Steven Agee

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G. Steven Agee
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
July 1, 2008
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by J. Michael Luttig
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
In office
March 1, 2003 – June 30, 2008
Preceded by Harry L. Carrico
Succeeded by LeRoy F. Millette, Jr.
Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals
In office
January 1, 2001 – March 1, 2003
Preceded by Sam W. Coleman
Succeeded by Elizabeth A. McClanahan
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 8th district
In office
January 8, 1992 – January 12, 1994
Preceded by Thomas M. Jackson
Succeeded by Morgan Griffith
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 15th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 8, 1992
Preceded by Clinton Miller
Succeeded by Andy Guest
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 7th district
In office
January 13, 1982 – January 12, 1983
Serving with Richard Cranwell
Preceded by Chip Woodrum
Succeeded by Grover Jennings
Personal details
Born George Steven Agee
(1952-11-12) November 12, 1952 (age 65)
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Howell
Education Bridgewater College (B.A.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
New York University (LL.M.)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army Reserve
Years of service 1986–1997
Rank Captain
Unit J.A.G. Corps

George Steven Agee (born November 12, 1952) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.


Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Agee was educated at Bridgewater College (Bachelor of Arts), the University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor) and New York University School of Law (Master of Laws, Taxation). He has litigated cases in Virginia and federal courts, including arguing for the appellant before the Supreme Court of the United States in Patterson v. Shumate, 504 U.S. 753 (1992).

From 1982 to 1994, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates. Opting to pursue the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia in 1993, he did not seek re-election to the House. In 2001, he became a Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. In 2003, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of Virginia, filling the vacancy created by Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, who took Senior Justice status.

Fourth Circuit nomination and confirmation[edit]

Agee was nominated on March 13, 2008 by President George W. Bush to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit created by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who resigned on May 10, 2006. President Bush asked the Senate to consider his nomination swiftly because of the court’s heavy caseloads, and because five of the fifteen seats were vacant.[1] Agee received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1, 2008, and was unanimously voted out of committee on May 15, 2008. Agee was confirmed on May 20, 2008, by a vote of 96-0 just over two months after his nomination.[2] Agee was the fourth judge nominated to the Fourth Circuit by Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. He received his commission on July 1, 2008, and was sworn in by his colleague and former law professor, United States Circuit Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III, on July 2, 2008.



Legal offices
Preceded by
J. Michael Luttig
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit