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Steve Marshall
48th Attorney General of Alabama
Assumed office
February 10, 2017
GovernorRobert Bentley
Kay Ivey
Preceded byLuther Strange
District Attorney of Marshall County
In office
2001 – February 17, 2017
Preceded byRonald Thompson
Succeeded byEverette Johnson
Personal details
Steven Troy Marshall[1]

(1964-10-26) October 26, 1964 (age 59)
Atmore, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 2011)
Republican (2011–present)
SpouseBridgette Gentry (died 2018)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
University of Alabama (JD)

Steven Troy Marshall (born October 26, 1964) is an American lawyer serving as the 48th attorney general of Alabama. He was appointed in February 2017 by Governor Robert J. Bentley to fill the vacancy created by previous attorney general Luther Strange's appointment to the United States Senate. He was elected to a full term in 2018, and was re-elected in 2022. He previously served as district attorney in Marshall County for 16 years.

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born in Atmore, Alabama, the only child of Conrad Marshall, a representative for a sporting goods manufacturer, and Mary Jo Marshall, a secretary. He graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987.[2] He then earned a J.D. degree at the University of Alabama School of Law, and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1990.[2]



Marshall practiced law in Birmingham and Montgomery in the firm of Maynard Cooper and Gale P.C. and then moved to Guntersville where he started the firm of McLaughlin & Marshall. He was district representative for Alabama and Georgia in the American Bar Association. In addition to private practice, he served as a legal analyst for the Alabama House of Representatives, as prosecutor for the Arab and Albertville municipal courts and as municipal attorney for Arab.[2]

Marshall County district attorney[edit]

In 2001, on the retirement of Ronald Thompson, he was appointed District Attorney for Marshall County by Governor Don Siegelman,[2] the second youngest district attorney in the state at the time.[3] Marshall was unopposed in three subsequent elections.[4][5] As district attorney, he assisted in passage of the Brody Act, which makes injury to a fetus an offense punishable in addition to any injury to the mother,[3] and of a state law requiring a driver's license for the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, ingredients used in manufacturing crystal meth.[2]

In 2011, after serving for ten years as Marshall County district attorney, Marshall officially changed his political party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.[6]

Attorney General of Alabama[edit]

Marshall was appointed Attorney General of Alabama by Governor Robert J. Bentley in February 2017, to fill the vacancy caused by Luther Strange's appointment to the United States Senate.[4][5][7] He was elected to a full term in 2018, defeating former attorney general Troy King in a July run-off election.[3]

In August 2017, Birmingham mayor William A. Bell draped a Confederate memorial with plastic and surrounded it with plywood with the rationale that the county should not glorify such memorials. Marshall sued Bell and the city for violating the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which prohibits the "relocation, removal, alteration, or other disturbance of any monument on public property that has been in place for 40 years or more".[3][8][9]

In July 2017, Marshall and others joined an effort led by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton promising legal action if the President Donald Trump administration did not terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that had been put into place by President Barack Obama.[10][11] Tennessee attorney general Herbert Slatery subsequently reversed Marshall's position.[12]

In 2018, Marshall's opponent, Troy King, accused him of violating campaign finance laws by accepting money from a banned political action committee. Marshall's campaign denied any wrongdoing and said King's allegations were a "desperate ploy from a flailing campaign."[13]

As of 2018 Marshall is co-chair of Alabama governor Kay Ivey's Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.[14]

In 2019, Marshall and 16 other attorneys general did not support the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595), sponsored by U.S. representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), which would permit marijuana-related businesses in states and territories to use the banking system. [15]

In June 2020, Marshall threatened to prosecute the city of Mobile and levy a $25,000 fine for removing a Statue of Raphael Semmes during George Floyd protests, if the removal became permanent.[16]

In October 2020, Marshall successfully led a challenge to the Supreme Court of the United States which struck down a federal court-order allowing curbside voting in Alabama as an accommodation for voters worried about contracting COVID-19.[17]

Marshall declined to throw out the conviction of death row inmate Toforest Johnson, after Johnson's supporters claimed weaknesses in the case against him.[18][19] A Jefferson County conviction integrity unit flagged Johnson's case, leading the county's district attorney to recommend that Johnson be given a new trial.[20] Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, Jr. and former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley called for throwing out the conviction.[21]

In March 2022, Marshall created controversy by refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden as the "duly elected and lawfully serving" President of the United States during the Senate confirmation hearings on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.[22][23]

In August 2023, Marshall argued that people or groups who assist a woman in leaving the state for purposes of obtaining an abortion could be legally prosecuted. His office wrote in a court filing that, “[a]n elective abortion performed in Alabama would be a criminal offense; thus, a conspiracy formed in the State to have that same act performed outside the State is illegal.” [24]

Following a 2024 ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court that frozen embryos could be considered children, Marshall issued a statement in February that he had no intentions of prosecuting healthcare facilities or families involved with in vitro fertilization.[25]


On February 25, 2024, a improvised explosive device was detonated outside of Marshall's office in Montgomery.[26][27] No one was harmed in the event.[28] According to the FBI, the "device was used as a weapon against property and/or to cause injury/death".[27] Prosecutors stated that the explosive contained a "substantial number of nails and other shrapnel to increase its destructive capability".[29]

A 26 year old man from Irondale, Alabama was later arrested and charged in connection with the bombing. Prosecutors stated that prior to the bombing, the suspect had been spotted placing stickers on government buildings, displaying "antifa, anti-police and anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement sentiments" and had expressed "belief that violence should be directed against the government".[30][29] The suspect faces between five and twenty years in prison if convicted.[31]

Rule of Law Defense Fund[edit]

Marshall leads the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization active since 2014,[32] which is affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association.

The Rule of Law Defense Fund, helped organized protests supporting President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, which claimed election fraud or irregularities, and sought to overturn the 2020 election which Trump lost to Joe Biden. The protests preceded riots at the U.S. Capitol.[33] Marshall issued a statement condemning violence at the Capitol on January 6th.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall is an elder at LifePoint Church in Albertville and has participated in missionary work in India.[2][3] He was married to Bridgette Gentry Marshall, and they had one daughter together.[2] Bridgette Marshall died by suicide on June 24, 2018, after "a long struggle with mental illness" and addictions. In 2022 he married Tammy Pope and together they share three children: Faith Marshall, John Millan Gaston and Benen Gaston. [14][34]


  1. ^ https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/466513/Steven_Troy_Marshall.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall". State of Alabama, Office of the Attorney General. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Five things you need to know about Steve Marshall". Alabama Today. June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (February 10, 2017). "Steve Marshall named Alabama attorney general by Gov. Robert Bentley". AL.com. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (May 30, 2017). "Attorney General Steve Marshall seeks to win full term in office". AL.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Clines, Keith (December 5, 2011). "Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall switches to Republican Party". Huntsville Times (blog). Retrieved June 28, 2018 – via Al.com.
  7. ^ Aiello, Claire (February 10, 2017). "Marshall County DA appointed to State Attorney General post". WHNT. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Suerth, Jessica (August 22, 2017). "Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville". CNN. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Huff, Larry (August 16, 2017). "Alabama AG Steve Marshall Sues Birmingham Mayor For Covering Confederate Statue". Yellowhammer News. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Aguilar, Julián (June 29, 2017). "Texas leads 10 states in urging Trump to end Obama-era immigration program". Texas Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "SPLC denounces letter from 10 Attorneys General seeking 'cruel and heartless' repeal of DACA". Southern Poverty Law Center. June 30, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Linddara, Dara (September 1, 2017). "Tennessee's attorney general: I've changed my mind, DACA is good, pass the DREAM Act". Vox.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Lawson, Brian (July 9, 2018). "Alabama AG Steve Marshall accused of campaign finance violations by runoff opponent Troy King". WHNT. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Held, Amy (June 28, 2018). "AL Attorney General Opens Up About Late Wife's Mental Health And Dependence Struggles". NPR.
  15. ^ Attorneys general from 33 states urge banking reform for pot industry, Associated Press, May 8, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Gunther, Brad (June 9, 2020). "Alabama Attorney General asks Mobile to explain Admiral Semmes statue removal". WPMI. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  17. ^ Marshall, Steve (October 21, 2020). "Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces That the U.S. Supreme Court Has Granted Alabama's Request to Halt Ruling on Curbside Voting".
  18. ^ "An Alabama man has been on death row for 21 years. He is almost certainly innocent". Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  19. ^ "An innocent man is on death row. Alabama officials seem OK with that". al. April 20, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  20. ^ "New Eyes On Alabama Death Row Case After Integrity Review Raises Questions". NPR.org. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  21. ^ Shelburne, Beth (March 9, 2021). "Former Alabama Attorney General and Chief Justice Support New Trial in Death Row Case". wbrc.com. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  22. ^ "Alabama's AG wouldn't say whether Biden is 'duly elected' president". NBC News. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  23. ^ Lee, Ella. "Alabama AG Steve Marshall refuses to call Biden 'duly elected' president". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  24. ^ "Alabama's attorney general says the state can prosecute those who help women travel for abortions". AP News. August 31, 2023. Retrieved September 27, 2023.
  25. ^ Harrell, Sumner (February 24, 2024). "Alabama AG says he won't prosecute IVF providers, families following embryo court ruling". WBMA-LD. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  26. ^ "Man Charged With Detonating Explosive Outside Alabama Attorney General's Office". The New York Times. April 10, 2024.
  27. ^ a b "'Violent' Irondale man with 'anti-government beliefs' charged in nail bomb detonated outside Alabama AG's office". al.com. April 10, 2024.
  28. ^ Shapiro, Emily (February 26, 2024). "Explosive detonated outside Alabama attorney general's office on Saturday". ABC News. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  29. ^ a b "Alabama man charged with detonating explosive device outside state attorney general's office". NBC News. April 10, 2024.
  30. ^ "Man arrested in Alabama bombing outside state attorney general's office". The Guardian. April 11, 2024.
  31. ^ "Alabama man arrested in connection with explosive device that went off outside office of state attorney general". CNN. April 10, 2024.
  32. ^ Tigas, Mike; Wei, Sisi (nd). "Rule Of Law Defense Fund - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  33. ^ a b Burkhalter, Eddie (January 7, 2021). "Alabama AG leads nonprofit that helped organize march at Capitol". Alabama Political Reporter. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  34. ^ Brown, Melissa (June 27, 2018). "Attorney General Steve Marshall: Mental illness 'not a sign of weakness'". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved June 28, 2018.

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Preceded by Republican nominee for Attorney General of Alabama
2018, 2022
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Preceded by
Ronald Thompson
District Attorney of Marshall County
Succeeded by
Clark E. "Everette" Johnson III
Preceded by Attorney General of Alabama