Luther Strange

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Luther Strange
United States Senator
from Alabama
Assumed office
February 9, 2017
Serving with Richard Shelby
Appointed by Robert Bentley
Preceded by Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 17, 2011 – February 9, 2017
Preceded by Troy King
Succeeded by Steve Marshall
Personal details
Born (1953-03-01) March 1, 1953 (age 65)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa Strange
Children 2
Alma mater Tulane University (B.A., J.D.)
Website Senate website

Luther Johnson Strange, III (born March 1, 1953), is a current U.S. Senator from Alabama. He was appointed to fill the vacacy left when Jeff Sessions became United States Attorney General. Previously, he was 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

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

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]


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  3. "Strange leads fundraising efforts in Lt. Gov's race". 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2016-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Washington, Dennis. "Luther Strange declared winner for Attorney General". Retrieved October 12, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "MEMBER SEARCH". Alabama State Bar Directory. Retrieved October 13, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Boy Scouts reception set to honor Luther Strange and new Eagle Scouts | Community Spirit | Greenville News". 2011-12-05. Retrieved January 29, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "To Be Honored Tonight As Distinguished Eagle Scout". Luther Strange. 2011-12-08. Retrieved January 29, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Six States Challenge Constitutionality of California's 'Bad Egg Bill'". Protect The Harvest. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2016-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Bob Egelko (2014-10-02). "Judge tosses suit by 6 states over California law on eggs - SFGate". Retrieved 2016-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Miller, Jim (2014-10-02). "Judge tosses lawsuit challenging California egg laws | The Sacramento Bee". Retrieved 2016-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "AL Attorney General "Big Luther" Strange Loses Chicken Lawsuit Against California". 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2016-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Legal offices
Preceded by
Troy King
Attorney General of Alabama
Succeeded by
Alice Martin
United States Senate
Preceded by
Jeff Sessions
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Alabama
Served alongside: Richard Shelby
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senators by seniority