Born 1949 in Santa Monica, California
First elected by the General Assembly on March 10, 2006, to an eight-year term beginning March 16, 2006. Elected to a second eight-year term in 2014.
College of William and Mary, A.B., 1971
College of William and Mary, J.D., 1974
Private practice, Abingdon, 1974-1976
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Lynchburg 1976-1978
Commonwealth’s attorney, Lynchburg 1978-2006
Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, 1997-2003
Virginia State Crime Commission, 1998-2006
Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, 1993-2002
Commonwealth’s Attorneys Services Council, 1978-2006
Virginia Supreme Court Commission on Courts in the 21st Century, 2005-2007
Virginia Supreme Court Commission on Appellate Rules Reform, 2005-2007
Elected, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2006 Regular Session, 1691; education, professional career, Alan Cooper, “Petty, Beales Join the Contest for Two Appeals Court Seats,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, January 23, 2006, retrieved from valawyersweekly.com on December 2, 2014; and biographical vertical files, Virginia State Law Library.