Major, Lindsey & Africa Places VP and General Counsel of WGL Holdings, Inc.

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie T. Thornton as Vice President and General Counsel of WGL Holdings, Inc.

Ms. Thornton served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Education and as a White House advisor during the Clinton administration. In her most recent position before joining WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, she was a partner at Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, conducting and managing sensitive internal corporate, federal government and state attorney general investigations. She also advised her clients in high-level matters before the Executive Branch and the White House.

Ms. Thornton is a prominent member of the Washington community. A resident for more than 30 years, she serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. She has founded two organizations in support of the education of disadvantaged youth in the D.C. area. Ms. Thornton has authored numerous articles and is a frequent panelist on a variety of issues, including compliance and diversity. Since 2005, she has also served on the board of the Career Education Corporation as chair of the Compliance Committee and recently was elected Lead Independent Director by her board colleagues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Ms. Thornton is responsible for directing the legal work of the company and supervising the company's attorney staff and the office of the corporate secretary. Ms. Thornton joined the company on Nov. 28, 2011, as Counsel to the Chairman, and assumed her position as Vice President and General Counsel on Jan. 1, 2012.

About WGL Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings, Inc., which has annual revenues of approximately $3 billion and is publicly traded (NYSE: WGL), has three operating segments: (i) the regulated utility segment, which primarily consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region; (ii) the retail energy marketing segment which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity and (iii) the design-build energy systems segment, which consists of Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of design-build energy efficiency solutions to government and commercial clients. Additional information about WGL Holdings, Inc. is available on its website, Go to for more information about Washington Gas Light Company.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa
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