Steven Reed (judge)

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Steven Reed
Mayor of Montgomery
Assuming office
November 12, 2019
SucceedingTodd Strange
Personal details
Born1973 or 1974 (age 45–46)[1]
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMorehouse College (BA)
Vanderbilt University (MBA)

Steven Reed (born 1973 or 1974) is the Mayor-elect of Montgomery, Alabama. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a probate judge in Montgomery County.

Early life and education[edit]

Steven Reed was born in Montgomery, Alabama to Joe and Mollie Reed (née Perry) as one of three children, including his siblings Irva and Joe Jr.; his father Joe served as one of the first class of elected members of the Montgomery City Council from 1975 to 1999. Steven Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Early career[edit]

He was a financial analyst, then changed careers and lobbied the Alabama legislature, and worked for Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Jr.

Reed was elected as probate judge in 2012, the first African American in that position.[2] In February 2015 he was the first probate judge in the state of Alabama[3] who started issuing same-sex marriage licenses[2] after district judge Callie V. Granade struck the state's ban on same-sex marriage, defying Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.[4][5] In March 2015, after a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court, he stopped issuing them.[3]

Mayor of Montgomery[edit]

Reed ran for mayor of Montgomery in the 2019 election, and defeated his opponent David Woods in a runoff.[6] Upon taking office, Reed will become the first African-American mayor of Montgomery since its incorporation in 1819.


  1. ^ "Alabama's Capital Elects Steven Reed, First Black Mayor in the City's 200-Year History". Associated Press. Via Time. October 9, 2019. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Fausset, Richard; Perez-Pena, Richard; Wolfe, Kalyn (February 10, 2015). "Federal Judge Sets Hearing in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Moon, Josh Rick Harmon (March 4, 2015). "County Probate office won't issue same-sex marriage licenses". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  4. ^ MacNeal, Caitlyn (February 15, 2015). "Ala. Probate Judge Knocks Chief Justice: I'm On 'Right Side Of History'". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Edgemon, Erin (February 16, 2015). "Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance to federal government 'places Alabama a step backwards,' says Montgomery probate judge". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  6. ^ MacNeil, Sara (August 27, 2019). "Steven Reed, David Woods head to runoff for Montgomery mayor". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Strange
Mayor of Montgomery
Taking office 2019