By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, February 10, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Steve Marshall as Attorney General. Many of Alabama’s leaders congratulated the former Marshall County District Attorney.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released a statement: “The Alabama Republican Party congratulates Steve Marshall on his appointment to the office of Alabama Attorney General by Governor Bentley. General Marshall is well respected across the State, and we look forward to working with him in his new role. The Alabama Republican Party also appreciates General Marshall participating and being an active volunteer in our Party. In 2011, he was selected as a Rising Republican Star.”
State Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) said, “Congratulations to Alabama’s new Attorney General Steve Marshall! I’m honored to call Steve a friend and proud of the work that he has done on behalf of the citizens of Marshall County as our district attorney. Steve is a good Christian, family man, Constitutional Conservative, and has always fought hard for the rule of law. Marshall County’s loss is truly Alabama’s gain!”
State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia) said, “Excited about Alabama’s new Attorney General. Welcome to Montgomery Steve Marshall. I hope for opportunities to work along side of you.”
Marshall was chosen over State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster). Sen. Ward said, “Thank you, Governor Bentley, for interviewing me to serve as Attorney General. That being said, your selection of Steve Marshall to fill this post was a great pick, and I know he will represent our State well. I look forward to working with him and his office!!”
Some wanted Bentley to appoint former US Attorney Alice Martin as AG. Martin is currently working for the Alabama Attorney General’s office. In addition to Martin and Ward, Bentley interviewed Mary Scott Hunter, Chris McCool, Bryan Taylor, Tom Whatley and Phil Williams.
State Representative Wil Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) said on social media: “Just got word that Steve Marshall will be Alabama’s new Attorney General. I couldn’t think of a better person for the job. Congrats and I look forward to continuing to work with Steve Marshall to make Alabama a better place.”
Gov. Bentley said, “Steve is a well-respected District Attorney with impeccable credentials and strong conservative values. I know he will be a great Attorney General who will uphold the laws of this State and serve the people of Alabama with fairness. Steve has been instrumental in key legislation to protect Alabamians when it comes to opioid abuse, and I know he will continue to uphold the law as he serves as the State’s top law enforcement official.”
The position of Alabama Attorney General became vacant when Gov. Bentley appointed Luther Strange to the US Senate after President Donald J. Trump appointed Sen. Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General. Sessions was confirmed by the US Senate on Thursday. Both Sen. Strange and AG Marshall will still have to face voters to continue in the office; though Bentley is not expected to call a statewide special election until the next regularly scheduled election in 2018.
Chairman Lathan added, “We honor the service of our Law Enforcement officers and those who defend the laws and rights of our citizens. We are confident that General Marshall will represent our State with the highest integrity.”