Senator Luther Johnson Strange III is an American attorney and politician, who is currently serving as the Junior Senator from the state of Alabama. He previously served as the 47th Attorney General of the U.S. state of Alabama from 2011 until 2017. On December 6, 2016, Strange announced his candidacy for the seat held by Jeff Sessions, representing Alabama in the United States Senate, 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 vacancy caused by Sessions’ resignation.
Senator Strange’s first job after graduating law school was at Sonat Offshore, a subsidiary of Sonat Inc., a natural gas utility based in Birmingham, Alabama; he joined the company in 1980 as a lawyer. In 1985, Strange became head of Sonat’s Washington, D.C. office. He left the company in 1994. In the 1980s and 1990s, Strange was a registered lobbyist in Washington for Sonat and Transocean Offshore Drilling Co.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Strange was the founder of the law firm Strange LLC, a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm. Before establishing his own law firm, Strange was a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.