James Anderson

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James Anderson
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Former candidate for
Attorney General of Alabama
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James H. Anderson is a Montgomery lawyer and a former chairman of the State Ethics Commission. On January 17, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general to face the Republican challenger, Luther Strange, in November. [1] Ten months later, however, Anderson lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 after receiving slightly under forty-one percent of the vote.


  • Bachelor's degree, Huntingdon College (1976)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (1979)

Professional experience

Shortly after receiving his law degree, Anderson joined the Montgomery-based law firm of Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black. He became a partner at the firm in 1983 and continued to practice there until 1988 when he co-founded his current private practice firm, Beers, Anderson, Jackson, Patty & Fawal, P.C.

Political career

In 1986, Anderson was appointed by then Governor George Wallace for a five-year term as chairman of the Alabama Ethics Commission. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley later appointed Anderson as a member of the State Personnel Board and the State Employees Insurance Board.


Christianity comment

Speaking at a Cherokee County Democratic Club luncheon on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, Anderson "said he didn't understand how a person can claim to be both a Christian and a Republican." [2] Though the Montgomery attorney insists it was simply a joke, he has drawn the ire of the State Republican Party who argue the State Attorney General candidate has stooped to a new low in questioning the Christianity of all those who vote or support Republicans.

Other roles

  • Chairman, Southeast YMCA Board of Directors
  • Chairman, Britton YMCA Board of Directors
  • Chairman, Alabama Youth and Government Board
  • Chairman, State Law Day
  • Member, Montgomery YMCA Metro Board of Directors
  • Member, Blue Gray Football Classic Board of Directors
  • Member, Montgomery Lions Club
  • Member, First United Methodist Church Administrative Board
  • Member, National Rifle Association
  • Member, Buckmasters
  • Member, Ducks Unlimited
  • Member, Alabama Wildlife Federation
  • President/Founding Member, Hugh Maddox Inn of Court
  • President, Montgomery County Young Lawyers
  • President, State Young Lawyers
  • Secretary, YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Board of Directors
  • Vice President, Alabama State Bar



See also: Alabama Attorney General election, 2010

Anderson won the Democratic primary in a run-off against Giles Perkins. He lost to Luther Strange in the general election.

2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda James Anderson 49.6% [4]
     Democratic Party Giles Perkins 31.1%
     Democratic Party Michel Nicrosi 19.3%
Total Votes 275,825
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary Run-off [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda James Anderson 60.0%
     Democratic Party Giles Perkins 40.0%
Total Votes 117,129
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Luther Strange 58.8%
     Democratic Party James Anderson 41.1%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,476,075

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, Anderson has raised $231,260 in 2010 for his state attorney general campaign as of September 20, 2010. [7]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Arbor Committee $27,500
James H. Anderson $23,275
Taylor & Taylor $10,500
TOC PAC $10,000
STA PAC $10,000


Anderson currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his late-wife, Susan Blalock, had three children together - Jesse, Marjorie, and Anna.


  • Man of the Year Award (1994) from YMCA Montgomery
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Alabama Bard Foundation

Contact information

Campaign Address:


James Anderson for Attorney General
P.O. Box 1988
Montgomery, AL, 36102

Phone: (334) 834-5311
E-mail: james@andersonforag.com

See also

External links

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