Montgomery attorney, career prosecutor, and Air Force officer Thomas Govan announced today that he will seek the Republican Party nomination for an open seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in the March 2024 primary.
Thomas Govan has spent his entire career in public service as a prosecutor. Govan currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Trials Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, where he leads a team of attorneys who prosecute violent offenders and defend crime victims throughout the State of Alabama.
Govan also serves our country as a member of the United States Air Force Reserve. In 2016, Govan swore an oath to defend the Constitution and commissioned in the Air Force, where he currently serves as an officer.
“As a lifelong conservative and experienced champion for justice in our great state, my top priority is creating a just and effective court that Alabamians will trust and believe in,” states Govan. “If given the privilege of serving the great state of Alabama on the Court of Criminal Appeals, I will defend the rule of law, protect our freedoms, and uphold the Constitution.”
Govan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, where he served as Chairman of the College Republicans, and later earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. After law school, he embarked on a career dedicated to public service. For over fifteen years, Govan has protected the safety of Alabama families as a prosecutor in both state and federal courts. Govan prosecuted capital murder and death penalty cases on appeal for over a decade, rising to become the Chief of the Capital Litigation Division in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
As part of this extensive legal work, Govan litigated cases on behalf of the citizens of Alabama both in courts throughout the State of Alabama and in federal courts, including arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in 2018. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Alabama, where he defended the safety of Alabama families by prosecuting both violent offenders and offenders who committed various types of fraud against the citizens of Alabama in federal court.
Govan and his wife, Jessica, are proud parents of four children. Jessica is a teacher and small business owner. They are active members of their church in Montgomery, Alabama, where he serves as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, and member of the choir.
Thomas Govan is seeking Place 2 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, a seat that is currently held by Judge Chris McCool, who recently announced his candidacy for the Alabama Supreme Court.