Republican Jason Miyares has become Virginia’s first Latino attorney general after defeating Democratic incumbent Mark Herring in a tight race on Nov. 3.
“We’ve made history, Virginia,” Miyares, the son of a Cuban refugee, said on Twitter.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve. It’s the greatest honor of my life — and I can’t wait to get started,” Miyares added.
Herring, who was running for a third term, congratulated Miyares in a statement and said that he and his team will “ensure a smooth and effective transition.”
“He will be accepting a role and leading an office that has tremendous capacity for good in the lives of Virginians,” Herring said.
Miyares is also the first Hispanic elected nationwide and his win is part of a Republican victory in the state, with Glenn Youngkin defeating Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe for governor.
Miyares had already made history in 2015 when he became the first Cuban American elected to Virginia’s General Assembly.
According to his campaign website, Miyares supports legal immigration, but “will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of American laws and is in favor of efforts to strengthen border security.”
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