|United States Senator
February 9, 2017
Serving with Richard Shelby
|Appointed by||Robert Bentley|
|Preceded by||Jeff Sessions|
|47th Attorney General of Alabama|
January 17, 2011 – February 9, 2017
|Preceded by||Troy King|
|Succeeded by||Alice Martin (Acting)|
|Born||March 1, 1953
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S
|Education||Tulane University (BA, JD)|
Luther "Big Luther" Johnson Strange III (born March 1, 1953) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. He served as the 49th Attorney General of the U.S. state of Alabama from 2011 through 2017. Strange was a candidate for public office in both 2006 and 2010.
Early life[change | change source]
Political career[change | change source]
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.
United States senator (since 2017)[change | change source]
On December 6, 2016, Strange announced his candidacy for the seat held by Jeff Sessions after then-President-Elect Donald Trump had announced on November 18, 2016 that he would be nominating Sessions to the office of Attorney General of the United States. Strange was appointed as Senator on February 9, 2017, by Alabama governor Robert J. Bentley to fill out the seat after Sessions resigned to become Attorney General.
At 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall, Strange is the tallest U.S. Senator in history and is currently the tallest member of Congress.
2017 special election[change | change source]
Personal life[change | change source]
Strange is married to Melissa Strange. They have two children.
References[change | change source]
- "About Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange". Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
- Dana Beyerle (2009-05-12). "Bentley, Strange to announce their office plans". Gadsden Times. http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20090512/NEWS/905129993?Title=Bentley-Strange-to-announce-their-office-plans. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Strange leads fundraising efforts in Lt. Gov's race". Legacy.decaturdaily.com. 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- Washington, Dennis. "Luther Strange declared winner for Attorney General". myfoxal.com. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- Vogel, Kenneth P.; Bresnahan, John; Caputo, Marc (8 February 2017). "Governor expected to pick 'Big Luther' Strange to replace Sessions". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Pathé, Simone (February 9, 2017). "Alan Simpson Is No Longer the Tallest Senator, and He's OK With That". Roll Call. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
- Burns, Alexander; Bloch, Matthew; Lee, Jasmine; Martin, Jonathan (2017-09-26). "Live Election Results: U.S. Senate Primary Runoff in Alabama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-26.