Luther Strange

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Luther J. Strange, III
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Attorney General of Alabama
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 19, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTroy King (R)
Compensation
Base salary$166,002
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$8,792,036
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Education
High schoolShades Valley High School (1970)
Bachelor'sTulane University (1976)
J.D.Tulane University Law School (1979)
Personal
BirthdayMarch 1, 1953
Place of birthBirmingham, AL
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Luther J. Strange, III (born March 1, 1953, in Birmingham, Alabama) is the current and 49th Republican Attorney General of Alabama. He was first elected to the statewide position in 2010 after first upsetting the previous officer, Republican Troy King, in the state's primary contest on June 1, 2010.[1] He went on to win the general election on November 2, 2010, and assumed office on January 17, 2011.[2][3] Strange's first four-year term ends on January 19, 2015, and he sought re-election to a second term on November 4, 2014.[4] Luther Strange won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to becoming attorney general, Strange operated his own practice in Birmingham. Before that, he worked for the lobbying firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLC.

Strange's formal entry into state politics was in 2006, when he ran for Lieutenant Governor. Though he easily secured the Republican nomination, he lost narrowly in the general election to former governor Jim Folsom, Jr. Before ever stepping up to the podium as a candidate, Strange had already established himself as an active member of the Republican Party of Alabama behind the scenes. He founded the Red Mountain Republican Club in 1997 and served as the Chair of the Committee to Elect Bill Pryor in 1998 and 2002.

Since taking office as attorney general, Strange has focused his efforts on tackling public corruption and consumer vulnerability to cyber crime. He has been a champion of nationwide conservative issue campaigns aiming to restrict federal regulatory power over the states, such as the legal efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act - with special emphasis on eliminating the birthcontrol mandate, in addition to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which had long required Alabama to obtain pre-clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice to make any changes to state election and voting laws. The law was created to prevent the institutional disenfranchisement of minority voters in states where there is an historical precedent for such actions.

Biography

Strange was born and raised in Birmingham, Al, where he was heavily involved in the community. He participated in Eagle Scouts and sports, basketball in particular, which he played on scholarship at Tulane University while pursuing his Bachelor's degree in political science.[1]

After receiving his law degree, also from Tulane, Strange began working for Sonat, Inc., a large Fortune 500 American energy holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. He was later promoted to direct the company's Washington D.C. office. Strange then joined with lawyer Jack Selden to open up their own private practice law firm, which eventually merged with Bradley, Arant, Rose, & White in 1998. Ten years later, he left and formed his own law firm, Strange, LLC, which focuses on economic development work. Strange, LCC was ranked among the "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News in 2010, owing in large part to Strange's efforts advising companies on growth and expansion opportunities within the state of Alabama.[5]

Strange is a former recipient of the Birmingham Business Journal's "Best of the Bar Award." He is on the Talladega College Board of Trustees, a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club.

Education

  • Graduated from Shades Valley High School (1970)
  • Bachelor's degree, Tulane University (1976) in political science
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Tulane University Law School (1979)

Political career

Attorney General (2010-present)

Four years after his unsuccessful bid for lt. governor, Strange announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging incumbent Troy King for the Republican nomination.[6] Less than a month later, he was able to easily defeat King by nearly a 3-to-2 margin.

Issues

Fighting public corruption

Strange forged a collaborative initiative called the Special Prosecutions Alliance in April 2012. Dedicated to combating public corruption, the alliance brings together several state agencies, including the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, the Ethics Commission, Department of Public Safety, Insurance Department and Criminal Justice Information Center. Strange appointed Special Prosecutor Matt Hart to lead the division, with the accompanying warning that officials who violate the public trust can expect to be held to account "regardless of their political affiliation or position." In his April 12 announcement of the alliance's launch, Strange stressed the importance of protecting "the integrity of government and taxpayers' money during times of scarce resources."[7]

Birth control mandate

On March 22, 2012 Strange filed a motion with the US District Court in Birmingham, Alabama to become co-plaintiff alongside EWTN Global Catholic Television Network in its existing suit against the federal government for requiring employers to provide contraception coverage in their businesses' healthcare plans.[8] The organization's file claim was that the mandate violates the convictions of religious employers, and Strange agreed, citing his statutory responsibilities to protect the missions of Alabama charitable institutions against this "interfering" federal regulation. He pledged to throw the weight of the office behind EWTN, which Strange said is "the largest religious media network in the world."[9]

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

In late-September 2010, Strange, who at the time, was in the midst of his campaign for state attorney general, having defeated incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary, said that he would continue to participate in the legal challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that King had entered earlier in the year and called the reform measure an "intrusion" on the part of the federal government into the lives of average Americans.[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama attorney general election, 2014

Strange ran for re-election to the office of Attorney General of Alabama. He was uncontested for the Republican nomination in the June 3 primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Attorney General of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuther Strange Incumbent 58.4% 681,973
     Democratic Joseph Lister Hubbard 41.4% 483,771
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 2,157
Total Votes 1,167,901
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.

Race background

Mike Hubbard indictment

The October 20 indictment of Alabama State House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) on ethics charges fanned the flames of the 2014 attorney general race. Attorney General Luther Strange (R) appointed special prosecutor Van Jones in 2013 to oversee a grand jury investigation of Hubbard, who was accused of using his office for personal gain. Hubbard's indictment on 23 charges drew the attention of Strange's 2014 opponent, Joseph Lister Hubbard (D), who noted that deputy attorney general Sonny Reagan was suspended for allegedly tampering with the investigation.[11]

Joe Hubbard, who is not related to Mike Hubbard, also accused Strange of allowing government corruption to go unchecked during his time in office. The Democratic candidate suggested that Strange spent more time worrying about illegal gambling in the state rather than more serious crimes. Strange's campaign spokesperson, Mike Lewis, countered that the attorney general was proactive in corruption cases as demonstrated in the Mike Hubbard case. Lewis also accused of Joe Hubbard of being a "parrot of big casino bosses," pointing to campaign contributions from the Poarch Creek tribe.[11]

2010

See also: Alabama Attorney General election, 2010
Luther Strange for Alabama Attorney General Campaign logo

General

On November 2, 2010, Luther Strange (R) won election to the office of Attorney General of Alabama. He defeated James H. Anderson (D) in the general election.

Attorney General of Alabama, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuther Strange (R) 58.8% 868,520
     Democratic James H. Anderson 41.1% 606,270
     Write-in N/A 0.1% 1,285
Total Votes 1,476,075
Election Results Via: Alabama Secretary of State

Primary

With 60.1 percent of the vote, Strange earned the Republican party's nomination in the 2010 partisan primary race against incumbent Troy King.

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 60.1%
     Republican Party Troy King 39.9%
Total Votes 473,727

2006

2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 48.1%[13]
     Republican Party George C. Wallace, Jr. 33.4%
     Republican Party Mo Brooks 15.6%
     Republican Party Hilbun Adams 2.9%
Total Votes 433,363
2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary Run-Off
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 54.8%
     Republican Party George C. Wallace, Jr. 45.2%
Total Votes 198,692
2006 Race for Lieutenant Governor - General Election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Jim Folsom, Jr. 50.6%
     Republican Party Luther Strange 49.1%
Total Votes 1,243,279

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Luther Strange is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Luther Strange raised a total of $8,792,036 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 3, 2013.[14]

Luther Strange's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Attorney General of Alabama Not up for election $96,959
2010 Attorney General of Alabama Won $3,450,228
2006 Lieutenant Governor of Alabama Defeated $5,244,849
Grand Total Raised $8,792,036

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Luther Strange's donors each year.[15] Click [show] for more information.


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Personal

Strange currently resides in Mountain Brook, Alabama with his wife, Melissa Berry. The couple has had two sons together - Luke and Keehn. He is also a practicing Episcopalian.[1]

Contact info

Alabama

Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
500 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone: (334) 242-7300

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Luther Strange, "Meet Luther," accessed February 6, 2012 (dead link) (dead link)
  2. WTVY.com, "Alabama AG Luther Strange Sworn In," January 17, 2011 (dead link) (dead link)
  3. State of Alabama Attorney General's Office, "About Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange," accessed May 20, 2011 (dead link) (dead link)
  4. Luther Strange for Attorney General 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 10, 2013
  5. State of Alabama Office of the AG, "About the AG," accessed February 6, 2012
  6. Alabama Live, "Luther Strange enters race for Alabama attorney general" 13 May, 2009
  7. WSFA.com, "Attorney General announces corruption initiative," April 12, 2012
  8. CBS news, "Ala. Attorney General Joins Birth Control Lawsuit," March 22, 2012 (dead link) (dead link)
  9. The Wall Street Journal-Market Watch, "State of Alabama Joins EWTN Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate Press Release," March 22, 2012 (dead link) (dead link)
  10. Tuscaloosa News, "Strange calls federal health care bill an ‘intrusion'" 30 Sept. 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 AL.com, "Luther Strange, Joe Hubbard battle over meaning of Mike Hubbard indictment in attorney general's race," October 22, 2014
  12. Alabama Secretary of State - 2010 Republican Primary Election Results
  13. Even though Luther Strange received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Alabama state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  14. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Luther Strange," accessed June 3, 2013
  15. Follow the Money.org


Political offices
Preceded by
Troy King (R)
Alabama Attorney General
2011-present
Succeeded by
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