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Spotlight: Alabama AG Steve Marshall

Professional Background:
Republican Steve Marshall is the 48th Attorney General of Alabama. He was appointed in February 2017 by Governor Robert J. Bentley to fill the vacancy caused by previous Attorney General Luther Strange’s appointment to the U.S. Senate. He was elected to a full term in 2018, defeating former Attorney General Troy King in a run-off election.

Areas of focus since taking office have included:
1) Safety of Alabamians. In January 2018, Marshall launched the Initiative on Violent Crime to crack down on street crime, restore the rule of law, and revive local communities. The initiative has resulted in the arrests of hundreds of violent offenders.

2) Fighting the opioid epidemic. The fight against the opioid epidemic is both a personal and professional issue for AG Marshall. He has joined many of the lawsuits across the country against pharmaceutical companies. He sits on Gov. Kay Ivey’s Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Marshall served as DA for Marshall County from 2001-2017. In 2011, after ten years as Marshall County DA, he switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. As DA, Marshall helped draft and pass the Brody Act, a law that makes it a homicide to kill an unborn child during an attack on the unborn child’s mother. Marshall later became the first prosecutor to secure a death sentence under the Brody Act.

After graduation, Marshall practiced law in Birmingham and Montgomery in the firm of Maynard Cooper and Gale P.C. and then moved to Guntersville where he started the firm of McLaughlin & Marshall.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1987). JD from University of Alabama School of Law. Admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1990.

Personal: Marshall’s wife Bridgette took her own life on June 24, 2018, after a long struggle with mental illness and addiction. He has a daughter, Faith.