About Us Commissioner

John H. Rust, Jr. was appointed Commissioner of Accounts for the 19th Judicial Circuit in February 2006. He is the third generation of the Rust family to practice law in northern Virginia. Mr. Rust’s legal practice included estate administration services, the preparation of income and estate tax returns; and trust administration services, including maintenance, investment and distribution of trust accounts. Mr. Rust also provided estate planning services, including tax planning and the preparation of wills and trusts. He is a member of the Fairfax, Virginia and American Bar Associations, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Rust is qualified to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and in all other Virginia courts.

Mr. Rust was a founding director of Cardinal Financial Corporation. He served as its initial Chairman of the Board of Directors and subsequently as Vice-Chairman of the Board. He was a member of the Cardinal Board from 1997 to 2009. Mr. Rust was also the founding Chairman of First Patriot Bankshares Corporation, serving from 1987 to 1997. John H. Rust, Jr. served as City Attorney for the City of Fairfax, Virginia from 1975 to 1978. Mr. Rust currently serves as counsel to the School Board of the City of Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Rust served as a member of the House of Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly from 1980 to 1982 and from 1997 to 2001. During his first term he was named as one of the “Rookies of the Year” by the Richmond Times Dispatch and was the top ranking Republican freshman legislator in a poll conducted by the Virginian Pilot. In 1998, the Virginia Treasurers Association named Mr. Rust Legislator of the Year for his role in crafting the Personal Property Tax Relief Act. In 1998 and 1999, the Northern Virginia Technology Council honored him as one of the Tech Ten Legislators. Mr. Rust is the former Vice-Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections and is a former member of the Virginia Solid Waste Commission. Mr. Rust also served as chairman of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Funding Requirements of the Virginia Unemployment Trust Fund and as vice-chair of the Joint Commission Studying the Creation of a Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority. He was a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission; the Joint Commission on Behavioral Health Care; the Commission on the Condition and Future of Virginia’s Cities; and the Select Joint Committee to Revise Local Government Laws. Mr. Rust was a member of the Joint Subcommittee to Study and Revise Virginia's State Tax Code.

Mr. Rust has served on a number of commissions for the County of Fairfax, including as Vice-Chairman of the Transportation Advisory Commission, Member of the City Status Committee, and a member of the 50/66 Task Force. In the City of Fairfax, Mr. Rust is the Chairman of the History of the City of Fairfax Round Table and was the Housing Chairman of the 2020 Commission. Mr. Rust is also a past President of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. In 1998, the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Rust as its Business Leader of the Year.

In addition, Mr. Rust coached youth basketball with the Fairfax Police Youth Club and with St. Leo’s Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Camelot Players, a light-hearted acting company that provided entertainment and fundraising for Camelot Elementary School.

Mr. Rust received his B.A. in 1969 and his law degree in 1972 from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Rust is married to the former Susan Mary Byrne and has three sons, J.W., Tom and Bob. He is a lifelong Fairfax resident and a graduate of Fairfax High School.



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