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Spotlight: North Carolina AG Josh Stein

Professional Background:
Elected in 2017 as 50th North Carolina Attorney General.

As Attorney General his priorities have included improving statewide tracking and testing of sexual assault kits through additional funding and mandated processing; investigating consumer complaints, generating tax savings exceeding $250M and returning more than $100 million to NC consumers; and combatting the state’s opioid epidemic.

Between 2009 and 2016, Stein served in the state Senate where he focused on public education, clean energy and public safety. In the state Senate he worked to:

  • Enhance protections for victims of domestic violence
  • Strengthen DWI laws; and
  • Improve drinking water quality.

From 2001 to 2008, Stein served as senior deputy attorney general for consumer protection.

As senior deputy attorney general, he accomplished the following:

  • Brought and successfully resolved major cases against predatory lenders;
  • Took on large utility companies to keep electricity and water rates low; and
  • Drafted and helped enact legislation to combat identity theft, abusive telemarketing, and predatory lending.

After completing post-grad studies in law and public policy, Stein was involved in several social justice projects, creating homes for underserved populations and helping raise capital to support minority businesses. He also served as legal counsel in the United States Senate, and practiced with the law firm Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Education: Stein earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. After college, he taught English and economics for two years in Zimbabwe, then went on to earn degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.

Personal: Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a civil rights attorney. His father, Adam Stein, co-founded North Carolina’s first integrated law firm.  He is married to Anna Harris Stein and they have three children: Sam, Adam, and Leah