Steve Heretick learned early that integrity is among the most critical aspects of life, a family value instilled in him by his father. Steve grew up on Smithfield Avenue in Hopewell, Virginia, in a home built by his mother and father, and where his mother still lives today. Following service in Europe during World War II, Steve’s father worked an additional 35 years at Fort Lee for the Department of Defense before retiring. As a boy, Steve Heretick worked variously as a paperboy for The Hopewell News, a lawn boy, a summer intern for the Defense Department at Fort Lee, and as a waiter, all to help make ends meet and to afford his education. Honoring a longstanding commitment to historic preservation, Steve’s family recently transferred their family’s historic home “Kippax” to the Archaeological Conservancy.The 13th district basically consists of the southern bank of the James River, stretching from Hopewell to Portsmouth; it includes Chesapeake City (Part); Franklin City (Part); Hopewell City (Part); Isle of Wight County (Part); Portsmouth City (Part); Prince George County (Part); Southampton County (Part); Suffolk City (Part); Surry County (All).
In 2004, Steve Heretick won at-large election to the Portsmouth City Council by a wide margin of the votes cast. He is truly proud of helping to get Portsmouth’s economy moving again, enhancing community quality, and fulfilling his longstanding commitment to support fully Portsmouth’s public schools. Steve’s leadership has helped to attract millions of dollars of private investments to the community and the region, and the revenues from this economic renaissance have been used to hire more police officers, firefighters, and teachers, while lowering the property taxes and raising the bar for future development. Steve Heretick served as Portsmouth Democratic Chairman from 1998 until 2003. In 2003, Governor Mark Warner personally appointed Steve to the Virginia Board of Medicine, where he helped to draft the first statewide Ethical Guidelines for physicians in Virginia history and currently serves as Vice-President of the Board, the first attorney ever elected to hold this office.
Steve’s career path in the U.S. Department of Justice began with his internship at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Petersburg, Virginia. Following his graduation from law school and a federal judicial clerkship, Steve Heretick served in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Philadelphia and Washington, ultimately serving as chief legal officer at the United States Penitentiary (USP), Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a federal maximum security prison housing 1,300 of the most hardened criminals in the United States. As a Justice Department attorney, Steve Heretick fought to protect the rights of federal officers throughout the Northeastern United States. As a federal officer, Steve graduated with distinction from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia, and won several service commendations. Steve left federal service and returned home to Virginia in 1992 to pursue the private practice of law, during the decline of his father’s health.
Steve Heretick is a litigation attorney in a firm he established in 2000, and practices in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. His notable cases have been featured by many local and national news outlets, including “Investigative Reports”, the NBC Evening News with Peter Jennings, and most recently by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Steve’s continuing commitment to public service while in private practice is reflected in his pro bono defense of police officers, firefighters, of a young Navy submariner sued for publicity by the Republican National Committee, and in providing counsel to diverse community and religious groups.
Steve Heretick was the first in his family to graduate from college, completing his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary, a law degree from Villanova, and substantially all doctoral coursework from the Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia. Steve and his wife Stephanie have been married for 11 years, and they have a wonderful 9 year old son who loves fishing and playing with their family dog, Ms. Piggy. Steve and Stephanie attend St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth.
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