Following the death of Bridgette Marshall, the wife of Attorney General Steve Marshall, a number of public officials, including Governor Kay Ivey, expressed their sadness at her sudden death.
“This morning, I was incredibly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bridgette Marshall. Bridgette was the loving wife of Attorney General Steve Marshall and the caring mother of their daughter Faith,” Gov. Ivey said. “A mother is the backbone to a family and especially important to her daughter. I pray that Steve and Faith are comforted in this extremely difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one and certainly not as suddenly as this. I have spoken with Attorney General Marshall and offered my support. I know the people of Alabama will show the Marshall family great love and sympathy during this time.”
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said on social media, “There are moments in life when politics needs to hit pause, hold others close, pray & support those in great pain & lift their names up to God’s ear. As the news breaks on the passing of AG Marshall’s wife, Bridgette, today is one of those days. Great is our faithfulness.”
The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, said, “On behalf of the Alabama House of Representatives, our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family as they come to terms with the tragic loss of their wife, mother, and loved one, Bridgette.”
“A tragic incident such as this offers all of us a reminder to hold our loved ones close today because they can be lost tomorrow,” Speaker McCutcheon continued. “During the time I’ve worked with Attorney General Marshall, I’ve found him to be a principled man with great integrity and deep devotion to his Christian faith, and I know his love of the Lord will help him steer this difficult course. Steve Marshall and his family carry heavy hearts at this time, and I ask that we all pray for God to provide them with peace and solace in the coming days.”
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) said, “Cindy and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family this morning as we learned of the passing of his bride. These are the events that occur in our daily lives that put politics in perspective. Please join us in praying for him and his family.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne R-Montrose said, “My heart breaks for Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall and his daughter, Faith. May we all wrap their family in love and prayers during this incredibly challenging time.”
Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) said on social media, “Jeff and I are heartbroken after hearing of Bridgette Marshall’s passing today. Please join us in praying for Attorney General Steve Marshall, their daughter Faith, and the entire Marshall family. May God hold Steve and Faith in His arms and bring them peace and comfort in the days ahead. John 14:1-4”
State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said, “Please be in prayer for Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and family. His wife Bridgette has died.”
House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, said, “The members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus join me in extending our deepest condolences and comforting prayers to Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family. The sudden and tragic loss of Bridgette Marshall will be difficult for her friends and family members to resolve, but with the intercessory prayers of thousands of their fellow Alabamians, we can help ease their burden. House Republicans have come to know Attorney General Steve Marshall as a man of strength and resolve, and we are confident those traits will serve him well in the coming weeks and months ahead.”
The Democratic Attorney Generals Association said, ““We are heartbroken to hear the news today that Bridgette Marshall, wife of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, passed away this morning. We wish Attorney General Marshall and his family peace during this incredibly difficult time. Our love and prayers are with their family in Alabama today.”
State Representative Jack Williams, R-Vestavia, said, “Saddened to learn of the death of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s wife today. Attorney General Marshall and his family are in my prayers during this difficult time.”
The Republican Attorney Generals Association also expressed their condolences.
“The news of Bridgette’s passing is absolutely tragic. My heart breaks for Steve, his daughter and the entire Marshall family,” said RAGA Chair Leslie Rutledge. “On behalf of the RAGA family – from my fellow AGs and their spouses, to our supporters – I wish to extend our deepest sympathies for their loss. We will be praying for them during this difficult time; and, we all hope they are given the privacy they need to mourn.”
State Rep. Will Ainsworth, R – Guntersville, said, “My wife, Kendall, our children, and I send our prayers of comfort and solace to Attorney General Steve Marshall and his family. As fellow residents of Marshall County, Steve and his family are our neighbors, our friends, and our partners in Christ, so we share their hurt. I ask all Alabamians to join us in raising the Marshalls up in prayers of supplication as they seek the strength to one day move beyond this deeply personal tragedy.”
State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, said simply, “Praying for the Marshall family.”
Bridgette Marshall died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Each year, about 44,965 Americans take their own lives. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country.
The Marshalls have one daughter.
The Alabama Political Reporter will share the arrangements once the family has had time to prepare them.