Josh Stein became North Carolina’s 50th attorney general on Jan. 1, 2017. Since taking office, Stein’s priorities have included tackling the opioid epidemic, protecting seniors, students and military families from fraud, leading a national effort to combat robocalls and keeping North Carolina families safe.
Stein’s work as attorney general builds on a career dedicated to public service. He taught high school English and economics in Zimbabwe for two years after graduating from Dartmouth College. After earning his law and public policy degrees from Harvard University, he worked with the Self-Help Credit Union, transforming abandoned drug houses into affordable single-family homes, and the North Carolina Minority Support Center, raising capital to invest in small businesses.
Stein served as senior deputy attorney general for consumer protection in the North Carolina Department of Justice for eight years. From 2009 to 2016, he served in the North Carolina Senate and was a champion for public safety, public education and clean energy. He supported laws to ban smoking in bars and restaurants and to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors. As attorney general, he has launched an investigation into the marketing practices of e-cigarette companies. Stein also represented the monitor of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement to ensure that the nation’s biggest banks complied with its terms.
Stein has served on the Truth Initiative board of directors since 2019.