Steven T. Marshall was sworn in as Alabama Attorney General in February of 2017, succeeding Luther Strange as the state’s chief law-enforcement officer.
Steve was born October 26, 1964, in Atmore, Alabama. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C. After high school, Steve attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors in 1987. Funding his legal education through academic scholarships and part-time jobs, Steve graduated in the top 10% of his class from The University of Alabama School of Law.
After graduating law school, Steve joined Maynard Cooper and Gale P.C., where he practiced until 1995. In 1995, he moved to Guntersville, Alabama and formed McLaughlin & Marshall. While practicing in Marshall County, Steve was also a legal analyst for the Alabama House of Representatives for several legislative sessions. During that time he was the prosecutor for the Arab, Alabama and Albertville, Alabama municipal courts and served as municipal attorney for Arab.
In August 2001, Steve was appointed District Attorney of Marshall County and was elected without opposition in 2004, 2010 and 2016. When he was sworn in at age 36, Marshall became the second youngest district attorney in Alabama.
As District Attorney, Steve tried cases ranging from DUI’s to murder cases. He prosecuted police officers and attorneys for ethics violations. He prosecuted cop killers and those who prey on children, as well as numerous violent crimes. Steve founded the Marshall County Major Crimes Unit, the Marshall County Computer Forensics Lab and the Marshall County Crystal Meth Task Force.
Steve was instrumental in legislation that required Alabama residents to present a driver’s license when purchasing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products, the main ingredient for making crystal meth. He played a major role in the Brody Act, which holds criminals who kill or injure a mother’s unborn baby accountable for two crimes – one against the mother and one against the baby. Under Steve’s leadership, the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office was recognized by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) as a model domestic violence prosecution program.
Steve has been recognized as a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, which honors the top one percent of attorneys in Alabama. He is a past president and current executive member of the Alabama District Attorneys’ Association and has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 1990. In 2011, Steve was named a “Rising Star of the Republican Party” by the Alabama GOP. Steve has also been a member of the National District Attorneys’ Association as its Legislative Committee co-chair since 2014 and a member of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for the Northern District of Alabama.
In addition to his life of public service, Steve has also been active in his community. From 2009 - 2014, he was the campaign chairman for the United Way of Marshall County, helping to raise more than $4 million for United Way agencies. He is the founder of Mentor Marshall, which serves young people in Marshall County with a mentoring program. Mentor Marshall was designed to involve positive, successful adults in the lives of at-risk children as mentors and role models. The goal – to keep these children drug-free and in school, while giving them hope and the tools they need to achieve their dreams. Steve has served as a board member to the Kids to Love Foundation, which helps foster children in North Alabama, Marshall County ARC and the Albertville City Schools Foundation.
In his free time, Steve enjoys running, cycling, swimming, triathlons, hiking, kayaking and spending time with his family. He and his wife Bridgette are the proud parents of their daughter, Faith, a student at Jacksonville State University. They are members of LifePoint Church in Albertville.
For Steve, helping others has always been his top priority. He will stand up for the most vulnerable members of our society as Attorney General and protect the rule of law for all Alabamians. During his short time as Attorney General, Steve has established an impressive conservative record on state and federal issues, including:
- Leading twenty-five states in supporting the Second Amendment right to carry firearms outside the home (February 16, 2017)
- Joining thirteen states in supporting the Trump administration’s travel ban (March 27, 2017)
- Joining nine states in fighting for and winning First Amendment protections for pro-life speech (April 3, 2017)
- Drafting and securing passage of historic pro-victim legislation, the Fair Justice Act, which reduces frivolous appeals in capital cases (enacted May 18, 2017)
- Joining eight states in opposing DACA, President Obama’s unconstitutional action regarding illegal immigrants (June 29, 2017)
- Defending Alabama’s law requiring parental consent for minors seeking an abortion (August 8, 2017)
- Chairing the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council at the behest of Governor Kay Ivey (established by executive order on August 8, 2017)
- Leading the fight against the federal government’s redefinition and expansion of “critical habitat” in the Endangered Species Act, a case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear (August 14, 2017)
- Joining twenty-one states in advocating for the protection of citizens’ Second Amendment rights in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court (August 25, 2017)
- Leading ten states in opposing heightened regulations on gun manufacturers (August 30, 2017)
- Leading fourteen states in opposing the removal of a historic cross from a public park in Pensacola, Florida (October 4, 2017)
- Joining twenty states in standing against Planned Parenthood in support of Indiana’s law prohibiting abortions based on race, sex, or suspected disabilities, such as Down syndrome (November 29, 2017)
- Joining eleven states in supporting North Carolina’s ban on abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain (November 29, 2017)
- Joining a lawsuit to protect farmers in Alabama and other states from costly regulations imposed by California and Massachusetts on out-of-state agricultural products sold within their borders (December 5, 2017)
- Supporting President Trump’s executive order to deny funding to sanctuary cities in court (December 22, 2017)
- Joining nine states in supporting a Kentucky print shop whose owner chose not to produce items in conflict with his deeply-held religious beliefs (February 7, 2018)
- Drafting and delivering to lawmakers a comprehensive rewriting of the Alabama Ethics Act that strengthens the law and law enforcement’s ability to combat corruption (introduced in the Alabama Legislature on February 22, 2018)