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Luther Strange
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United States Senator
from Alabama
In office
February 9, 2017 – January 3, 2018
Appointed by Robert Bentley
Preceded by Jeff Sessions
Succeeded by Doug Jones
47th Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 17, 2011 – February 9, 2017
Governor Robert Bentley
Preceded by Troy King
Succeeded by Alice Martin (Acting)
Personal details
Born March 1, 1953 (1953-03-01) (age 68)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa Strange
Children 2
Education Tulane University (BA, JD)

Luther "Big Luther" Johnson Strange III (born March 1, 1953) was 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

Luther was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied at Tulane University earning his BA and JD degrees.

Political career

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 (2017–2018)

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.

2017 special election

Strange ran for a full term in the 2017 special election and advanced to the Republican primary runoff, where he lost to the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, Roy Moore.

Personal life

Strange is married to Melissa Strange. They have two children.

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