Josh Stein

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Josh Stein
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50th Attorney General of North Carolina
Assumed office
January 1, 2017
Governor Roy Cooper
Preceded by Roy Cooper
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 15, 2009 – March 21, 2016
Preceded by Janet Cowell
Succeeded by Jay Chaudhuri
Personal details
Born (1966-09-13) September 13, 1966 (age 50)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Harris
Children 3
Education Dartmouth College (BA)
Harvard University (MPA, JD)
Website Campaign website
Official Website

Josh Stein (born September 13, 1966) is an American lawyer and politician who serves as the 50th and current Attorney General of North Carolina. He took office at noon on January 1, 2017. Stein was most recently a member of the North Carolina Senate representing District 16 (Wake County). Stein was sworn in for his first term on January 15, 2009. After being re-elected, he was elected minority whip by his colleagues in December 2010.[1]

Josh Stein is married to Anna Harris Stein and has three children – Sam, Adam, and Leah. Stein graduated from Chapel Hill High School and lives in Raleigh. Stein earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and went on to Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. He has worked for the Self-Help Credit Union in Durham and the United States Senate. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Stein spent eight years as North Carolina's Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection.

He announced in 2013 that he would run for re-election in 2014 and then for North Carolina Attorney General in 2016. His former boss, Attorney General Roy Cooper, successfully ran for Governor in 2016. In 2014, Stein was opposed by Republican Molotov Mitchell, who ran an "unusual" campaign - challenging Stein to push-ups and promising to "bounce" a National Security Agency-funded laboratory from the campus of North Carolina State University.[2] Stein was re-elected in a landslide.[3][4]

Following the March 15 Democratic Primary, Stein resigned from his seat in the North Carolina State Senate to focus on the race for Attorney General.[5]

Legislative recognition[edit]

  • Sierra Club of North Carolina named Stein a "2009 Environmental Champion of the North Carolina General Assembly" for his efforts to ban plastic bags on the Outer Banks and to clean up Falls Lake.[6]
  • North Carolina Association of Educators named him a "Rising Star" (2010)[7]
  • AARP Outstanding Legislator Award for Consumer Protection (2009)[8]
  • WakeUP Wake County Legislative Leadership Award (2009)[9]
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association Legislator of the Year (2009)[10]
  • North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Legislative Award (2009)[11]
  • The League of Conservation Voters presented Josh its “Rising Star, Green Tie Award” (2010) and named him their "Defender of the Environment" recipient (2016).”[12]
  • The NC Justice Center honored Josh as the 2011 “Defender of Justice” for his dedication to expanding opportunity and prosperity for and North Carolinians.[13]
  • Talking About Politics' Gary Pearce tapped Josh as the Democratic "MVP" for his "courage and conviction" and "political skills" during the 2013 long session.[14]
  • Equality NC selected Josh as the inaugural 2013 Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award for his longstanding efforts to enact the Nondiscrimination in State Employment Act.[15]
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored Josh with its 2015 Legislator of the Year award for his work coauthoring legislation creating an all-offender ignition interlock law for anyone convicted of drunk driving.[16]

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina Senate election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein 58,357 60.83
Republican John Alexander 37,586 39.17
Total votes 95,943 100.00
North Carolina Senate election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein (inc.) 32,248 54.89
Republican Michael Bezley 24,466 41.64
Libertarian Stephanie Watson 2,040 3.47
Total votes 58,754 100.00
North Carolina Senate election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein (inc.) 69,405 100.00
Total votes 69,405 100.00
North Carolina Senate election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein (inc.) 42,422 67.11
Republican Jason Mitchell 20,791 32.89
Total votes 63,213 100.00
North Carolina attorneyship general primary, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein 510,003 53.37
Democratic Marcus Williams 445,524 46.63
Total votes 955,527 100.00
North Carolina attorney general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein 2,276,410 50.22
Republican Buck Newton 2,256,178 49.78
Total votes 4,532,588 100.00


External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Roy Cooper
Attorney General of North Carolina