Randolph A. Beales

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Randolph A. Beales
Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals
Assumed office
April 26, 2006
Appointed byVirginia General Assembly
Preceded byJohanna Fitzpatrick
41st Attorney General of Virginia
In office
June 4, 2001 – January 12, 2002
GovernorJim Gilmore
Preceded byMark Earley
Succeeded byJerry Kilgore
Personal details
Randolph Allen Beales

(1960-02-10) February 10, 1960 (age 62)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseJulie Leftwich
Alma materCollege of William & Mary (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)

Randolph Allen "Randy" Beales (born February 10, 1960) is a judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals. He previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General and succeeded to the position of Attorney General of Virginia in 2001.

Early life and education[edit]

Beales is from Boydton, Virginia [1] and graduated from the College of William and Mary and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1986.


Beales served in the federal government as a Republican appointee in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. In 1994, he was tapped by Virginia Governor George Allen to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Education leading the Governor's Champion Schools initiative. In 1998, Beales was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General by Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley.

On June 4, 2001, Earley resigned as Attorney General to seek the Republican nomination for Governor and Beales succeeded to the position of Attorney General. He was later confirmed in that position by the Virginia General Assembly.

He was elected a judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals by the Virginia General Assembly on March 10, 2006 to a term ending on April 15, 2014. He was elected to an additional eight years on the Court on January 14, 2014, taking the expiration of his term to April 15, 2022.[2][3]


  1. ^ Who Is Randolph A. Beales? by Ty Bowers, Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 12, 2001. [1]
  2. ^ "Bill Tracking - 2014 session > Legislation".
  3. ^ Judgeopedia Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
Legal offices
Preceded by Attorney General of Virginia
June 4, 2001–January 12, 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
March 10, 2006–Present
Succeeded by