Vermont Governor Phil Scott appointed Republican Suzanne Young as Vermont Attorney General, effective July 5, to fill the vacancy left by Attorney General TJ Donovan, who resigned earlier this month. She will hold the position until the next elected attorney general takes office in January 2023. The primaries for both parties will take place on August 9. Until Young’s appointment, Chief Deputy Attorney General Joshua Diamond oversaw the office.

Young will be Vermont’s first female attorney general. She served for 40 years in the state government, serving most recently as the Agency of Administration Secretary. Young also served as deputy attorney general under Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell, deputy state treasurer, and governor’s legal counsel. Young graduated from the University of Vermont and obtained her law degree from Vermont Law School.