Office Overview

DoucetteHoward E. Gwynn

Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • B.A. (cum laude), Dartmouth College; 1974
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School; 1977

Howard was born and raised in the city of Newport News. With the help and guidance of many people, most notably Flora Crittenden, he graduated as the Valedictorian in the 1970 class of George W. Carver High School.

Howard continued his education at Dartmouth where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1974. In 1977, he received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

As an attorney, Howard has worked for the Department of the Interior, the U. S. Customs Service, and in private practice. However, in 1982, he found his true calling when he began work as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Newport News. Howard was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in 1990.

Howard is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Newport News Bar, as well as the Commonwealth's Attorney's Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and the Achievable Dream School.

Throughout his life, Howard's mother always said, "The rent that you pay for the blessing of life is service". He spends every day trying to live by those words.