|50th Attorney General of North Carolina|
January 1, 2017
|Member of the North Carolina Senate|
from the 16th district
January 15, 2009 - March 21, 2016
|Born||September 13, 1966|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Dartmouth College (BA)|
Harvard University (MPA, JD)
Joshua Stein (born September 13, 1966) is an American lawyer and politician who serves as the 50th and current Attorney General of North Carolina, a position he has held since 2017. A Democrat, Stein previously served as a member of the North Carolina Senate representing District 16, located Wake County.
While a member of the North Carolina Senate, Stein announced in 2013 that he would run for re-election in 2014 and then for North Carolina Attorney General in 2016. His former boss, Attorney General Roy Cooper, successfully ran for Governor in 2016. Following his win in the Democratic primary, Stein resigned from his seat in the State Senate to focus on the race for Attorney General. Stein won the general election, defeating Republican Buck Newton. Stein was re-elected in 2020, defeating Republican Jim O'Neill.
Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a civil rights attorney. Stein's father, Adam Stein, co-founded North Carolina's first integrated law firm. Stein graduated from Chapel Hill High School and earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. After college, he taught English and economics in Zimbabwe. Stein then went on to earn degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.
Stein has worked for the Self-Help Credit Union in Durham and for the United States Senate. Prior to serving in the North Carolina General Assembly, Stein spent eight years as North Carolina's Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection. From 2012 until 2016, he served as Of Counsel at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, a regional law firm.
Stein also worked with the North Carolina Minority Support Center, raising capital to invest in small businesses, and InterAct, Wake County's domestic violence prevention and care organization. Stein currently serves on the board of the Truth Initiative, America's largest non-profit public health organization.
As Attorney General, Stein has sought and received additional funding to test North Carolina's backlog of untested sexual assault kits. This has led to new arrests in cases involving a 2015 assault and attempted murder in Durham, North Carolina; assaults in 2009 and 2010 in Fayetteville; and a 1993 assault in Winston-Salem, among others.
Stein is among the four state attorneys general negotiating a national settlement framework with drug companies over the nation's opioid epidemic. He helped finalize a settlement with the opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt in which the company agreed to pay $1.6 billion for its role in the epidemic.
In 2018, Stein filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing in favor of the Affordable Care Act. In 2019, Stein became the first attorney general in the country to sue e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL for unlawful marketing to minors.
Stein negotiated eight Anti-Robocall Principles with a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 companies to protect phone users from illegal robocalls. He also launched Operation Silver Shield, an effort to protect older North Carolinians from fraud and scams.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stein won a preliminary injunction against a Charlotte tow company sued for price-gouging, and announced the investigation of nine North Carolina-based sellers on Amazon who are accused of raising prices on coronavirus-related products, including hand sanitizer and N-95 masks.
Josh Stein is married to Anna Harris Stein and has three children: Sam, Adam, and Leah.
|Democratic||Josh Stein (inc.)||32,248||54.89|
|Democratic||Josh Stein (inc.)||69,405||100.00|
|Democratic||Josh Stein (inc.)||42,422||67.11|
|Democratic||Josh Stein (incumbent)||2,713,400||50.13%||-0.14%|