Luther Strange

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Luther Strange
Attorney General of Alabama
Assumed office
January 17, 2011
Governor Robert Bentley
Preceded by Troy King
Personal details
Born (1953-03-01) March 1, 1953 (age 63)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa Strange
Children 2
Alma mater Tulane University (BA, JD)

Luther Johnson Strange, III (born March 1, 1953), is the 49th Attorney General of the U.S. state of Alabama.[1] Strange was a candidate for public office in both 2006 and 2010.[2][3] In 2006, Strange ran for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama and defeated George Wallace, Jr. in the Republican primary. Strange then lost the general election to Democrat Jim Folsom, Jr.. In 2010, Strange defeated incumbent Attorney General Troy King in the Republican primary, before going on to win the general election on November 2, 2010, against Democrat James Anderson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Luther Strange was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and lived in Sylacauga until the age of six, when his family moved to Homewood. Strange is an Eagle Scout.[1]

Strange graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1970. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then his Juris Doctor in 1979 from Tulane University Law School. Strange was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1981.[5]

Prior to being elected Attorney General, Strange was the founder of the law firm Strange LLC., based in Birmingham. Prior to founding his firm, he was a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.[1]

In December 2011, Strange was honored as a Distinguished Eagle Scout, by the Boy Scouts of America.[6][7]

Strange and his family reside in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham. He and his wife, Melissa, have two sons.

Career as Attorney General[edit]

In March 2014, Strange brought Alabama into a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster against California's egg production standards as embodied in Prop 2. In October 2014, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting the states' challenge to Proposition 2, California's prohibition on the sale of eggs laid by caged hens kept in conditions more restrictive than those approved by California voters in a 2008 ballot initiative. Judge Kimberly Mueller ruled that Alabama and the other states lacked legal standing to sue on behalf of their residents and that the plaintiffs were representing solely the interests of egg farmers, not "a substantial statement of their populations." [8][9][10][11][12]

Electoral history[edit]

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange 208,558 48.13
Republican George Wallace, Jr. 144,619 33.37
Republican Mo Brooks 67,773 15.64
Republican Hilbun "HA" Adams 12,413 2.86
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Runoff Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange 108,904 54.81
Republican George Wallace, Jr. 89,788 45.19
Alabama Lieutenant Governor Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Folsom, Jr. (inc.) 629,268 50.61
Republican Luther Strange 610,982 49.14
Write-ins Write-ins 3,029 0.24
Alabama Attorney General Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange 284,853 60.13
Republican Troy King (inc.) 188,874 39.87
Alabama Attorney General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange 868,520 58.84
Democratic James Anderson 606,270 41.07
Write-ins Write-ins 1,285 0.09
Alabama Attorney General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luther Strange (inc.) 681,973 58.39
Democratic Joe Hubbard 483,771 41.42
Write-ins Write-ins 2,157 0.18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange". Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Dana Beyerle (2009-05-12). "Bentley, Strange to announce their office plans". Gadsden Times. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Strange leads fundraising efforts in Lt. Gov's race". Legacy.decaturdaily.com. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  4. ^ Washington, Dennis. "Luther Strange declared winner for Attorney General". myfoxal.com. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "MEMBER SEARCH". Alabama State Bar Directory. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Boy Scouts reception set to honor Luther Strange and new Eagle Scouts | Community Spirit | Greenville News". Greenville.wsfa.com. 2011-12-05. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "To Be Honored Tonight As Distinguished Eagle Scout". Luther Strange. 2011-12-08. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Six States Challenge Constitutionality of California's 'Bad Egg Bill'". Protect The Harvest. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  9. ^ Bob Egelko (2014-10-02). "Judge tosses suit by 6 states over California law on eggs - SFGate". M.sfgate.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  10. ^ Perry, Mark. "Lawsuit against California egg law dismissed - FDA report stokes debate over antibiotics - U.S. revokes special treatment for Canadian produce". Politico. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  11. ^ Miller, Jim (2014-10-02). "Judge tosses lawsuit challenging California egg laws | The Sacramento Bee". Sacbee.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  12. ^ "AL Attorney General "Big Luther" Strange Loses Chicken Lawsuit Against California". Leftinalabama.com. 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
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Preceded by
Troy King
Attorney General of Alabama
2011–present
Incumbent