Steve Marshall (politician)

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Steve Marshall
Steve Marshall (41773693585).jpg
48th Attorney General of Alabama
Assumed office
February 10, 2017
GovernorRobert Bentley
Kay Ivey
Preceded byLuther Strange
Personal details
Born (1964-10-26) October 26, 1964 (age 56)
Atmore, Alabama, U.S
Political partyDemocratic (Before 2011)
Republican (2011–present)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
University of Alabama (JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

Steve Marshall (born October 26, 1964) is the 48th attorney general of Alabama, having been appointed in February 2017 by Governor Robert J. Bentley to fill the vacancy caused by previous attorney general Luther Strange's appointment to the United States Senate. He previously served as district attorney in Marshall County for 16 years.

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born in Atmore, Alabama, the only child of Conrad Marshall, a representative for a sporting goods manufacturer, and Mary Jo Marshall, a secretary. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987.[1] He then earned a law degree at the University of Alabama School of Law, and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1990.[1]



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. He was district representative for Alabama and Georgia in the American Bar Association. In addition to private practice, he served as a legal analyst for the Alabama House of Representatives, as prosecutor for the Arab and Albertville municipal courts and as municipal attorney for Arab.[1]

Marshall County district attorney[edit]

In 2001, on the retirement of Ronald Thompson, he was appointed District Attorney for Marshall County by Governor Don Siegelman,[1] the second youngest district attorney in the state at the time.[2] Marshall was unopposed in three subsequent elections.[3][4] As district attorney, he assisted in passage of the Brody Act, which makes injury to a fetus an offense punishable in addition to any injury to the mother,[2] and of a state law requiring a driver's license for the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, ingredients used in manufacturing crystal meth.[1]

Attorney General of Alabama[edit]

Marshall was appointed Attorney General of Alabama by disgraced[5] Governor Robert J. Bentley in February 2017, to fill the vacancy caused by Luther Strange's appointment to the United States Senate.[3][4][6] He was elected to a full term in 2018, defeating former attorney general Troy King in a July run-off election.[2]

In August 2017, after Birmingham mayor William A. Bell draped a Confederate memorial with plastic and surrounded it with plywood with the rationale "This country should in no way tolerate the hatred that the KKK, neo-Nazis, fascists and other hate groups spew", Marshall sued Bell and the city for violating the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which prohibits the "relocation, removal, alteration, or other disturbance of any monument on public property that has been in place for 40 years or more".[2][7][8]

In July 2017, Texas attorney general Ken Paxton led a group of Republican attorneys general from nine other states, including Steve Marshall, plus Idaho governor Butch Otter, in threatening the Donald Trump administration that they would litigate if the president did not terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that had been put into place by President Barack Obama.[9][10] Tennessee attorney general Herbert Slatery subsequently reversed his position.[11]

In 2018, Marshall's opponent, Troy King, accused him of violating campaign finance laws by accepting money from a banned political action committee. [12]

In 2019, attorneys general from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and all four U.S. territories were urged by the National Association of Attorneys General to support a bill, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595), sponsored by U.S. representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), which would permit marijuana-related businesses in states and territories to use the banking system. The bill would facilitate collection of taxes levied on the $8.3 billion industry, reduce the danger of operating cash-only businesses and more effectively monitor the industry. Only Marshall and 16 other attorneys general did not support the measure. [13]

In June 2020, Marshall threatened to prosecute the city of Mobile and levy a $25,000 fine for removing the confederate memorial Statue of Raphael Semmes during George Floyd protests, if the removal became permanent.[14]

Marshall is co-chair of Alabama governor Kay Ivey's Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.[15]

In October 2020, Marshall successfully led a challenge to the Supreme Court of the United States which struck down a federal court-order allowing curb-side voting in Alabama as an accommodation for voters worried about contracting COVID-19.[16]

Political party affiliation[edit]

In 2011, after serving for ten years as Marshall County district attorney, Marshall officially changed his political party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall is an elder at LifePoint Church in Albertville and has participated in missionary work in India.[1][2] He was married to the former Bridgette Gentry, who took her own life on June 24, 2018, after "a long struggle with mental illness" and addictions.[15][18] They have a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall". State of Alabama, Office of the Attorney General. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Five things you need to know about Steve Marshall". Alabama Today. June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (February 10, 2017). "Steve Marshall named Alabama attorney general by Gov. Robert Bentley". Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (May 30, 2017). "Attorney General Steve Marshall seeks to win full term in office". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Debbie Lord, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley booked into jail, resigns, Cox Media Group (April 10, 2017).
  6. ^ Aiello, Claire (February 10, 2017). "Marshall County DA appointed to State Attorney General post". WHNT. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Suerth, Jessica (August 22, 2017). "Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville". CNN. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Huff, Larry (August 16, 2017). "Alabama AG Steve Marshall Sues Birmingham Mayor For Covering Confederate Statue". Yellowhammer News. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Aguilar, Julián (June 29, 2017). "Texas leads 10 states in urging Trump to end Obama-era immigration program". Texas Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "SPLC denounces letter from 10 Attorneys General seeking 'cruel and heartless' repeal of DACA". Southern Poverty Law Center. June 30, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Linddara, Dara (September 1, 2017). "Tennessee's attorney general: I've changed my mind, DACA is good, pass the DREAM Act". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
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  13. ^ Attorneys general from 33 states urge banking reform for pot industry, Associated Press, May 8, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Gunther, Brad (2020-06-09). "Alabama Attorney General asks Mobile to explain Admiral Semmes statue removal". WPMI. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  15. ^ a b Held, Amy (June 28, 2018). "AL Attorney General Opens Up About Late Wife's Mental Health And Dependence Struggles". NPR.
  16. ^ Marshall, Steve (October 21, 2020). "Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces That the U.S. Supreme Court Has Granted Alabama's Request to Halt Ruling on Curbside Voting".
  17. ^ Clines, Keith (December 5, 2011). "Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall switches to Republican Party". Huntsville Times (blog). Retrieved June 28, 2018 – via
  18. ^ Brown, Melissa (June 27, 2018). "Attorney General Steve Marshall: Mental illness 'not a sign of weakness'". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
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Preceded by
Luther Strange
Attorney General of Alabama