Josh Stein for Attorney General

Josh Stein has the experience and values the people of North Carolina need in their Attorney General. Josh has consistently taken on powerful interests to protect families. Just as he has his entire career, Josh is putting the people of North Carolina first as Attorney General.


Josh was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. 

As Attorney General, Josh protects the people of North Carolina by:

  • Supporting victims of violent crime, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking;
  • Leading the effort to clear the state’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits by securing funding to test kits, mandating that all newly collected kits be tested going forward, and implementing a new statewide tracking system;
  • Investigating hundreds of thousands of consumer complaints to hold business and individuals accountable for mistreating North Carolina customers, returning more than $100 million to consumers and winning the taxpayers $250 million in savings;
  • Combatting predatory lenders, successfully resolving major cases, and driving countless scammers out of North Carolina;
  • Negotiating eight Anti-Robocall Principles with a bipartisan coalition of 51 attorneys general and 12 companies to protect phone users from illegal robocalls and make it easier for AGs to investigate scam callers; 
  • Launching Operation Silver Shield to confront scammers and fraudsters who target older North Carolinians, and prevent crime through outreach and education;
  • Drafting three recent laws to combat the state’s opioid epidemic: the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, the Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Enforcement (HOPE) Act, and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act;
  • Launching More Powerful NC with NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, a public education campaign to prevent and confront opioid addiction by empowering people to fight against addiction in their communities;
  • Fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act and ensure that North Carolinians have access to affordable health insurance; and
  • Holding polluters who harm our health and economy accountable.


Between 2009 and 2016, Josh served in the state Senate and was a champion for public education, clean energy and public safety. He served on a number of committees, including the Judiciary I committee.

In the Senate, Josh worked to:

  • Enhance protections for victims of domestic violence;
  • Expand the DNA database to take more violent criminals off the street;
  • Ban stalking through use of GPS tracking devices;
  • Strengthen our DWI laws to keep more drunk drivers off the road;
  • Ensure that our drinking water is clean;
  • Bolster our economy; and
  • Improve public education.

Josh’s efforts on the public’s behalf have earned respect and praise. The following diverse organizations have recognized Josh’s work:

  • His Republican and Democratic colleagues selected Josh as the most effective Democratic senator.
  • Talking About Politics’ Gary Pearce tapped Josh as the Democratic “MVP” for his “courage and conviction” and “political skills” during the 2013 long session.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored Josh with its 2015 "Legislator of the Year" award for coauthoring legislation to mandate ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of drunk driving.
  • Equality NC selected Josh as the inaugural 2013 "Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award" for his longstanding efforts to enact the Nondiscrimination in State Employment Act.
  • The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association named Josh its “2009 Legislator of the Year” for his efforts to create clean energy jobs and to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • The AARP of North Carolina named Josh “Legislator of the Year” because of Josh’s legislation to protect consumers, particularly older North Carolinians, from identity theft.
  • The Metro Mayors’ Association, which represents the mayors of the state’s 25 largest municipalities, presented Josh its “Legislative Award” for his work to promote public transit and transportation issues.
  • Wake Up Wake County thanked Josh with its “Legislative Leadership Award” for his efforts to clean Falls Lake, Raleigh’s polluted source of drinking water.
  • The North Carolina Association of Educators named Josh a “Rising Star” for his efforts to improve public education.
  • The Sierra Club honored Josh as an “Environmental Champion” for his efforts to ban plastic bags on the Outer Banks and to clean up Falls Lake.
  • The League of Conservation Voters presented Josh its 2010 “Rising Star, Green Tie Award” and named him their "Defender of the Environment" recipient in 2016.
  • The NC Justice Center honored Josh as the 2011 “Defender of Justice” for his dedication to expanding opportunity and prosperity for all North Carolinians.



Between 2001 and 2008, Josh served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection where he worked to ensure that big corporations played by the rules and treated people fairly.

As Senior Deputy Attorney General, Josh accomplished the following:

  • Brought and successfully resolved major cases against predatory lenders;
  • Helped run the payday lenders charging loan-shark interest rates out of North Carolina;
  • Took on monopoly utilities to keep electricity and water rates low;
  • Drafted and helped enact legislation to combat identity theft, abusive telemarketing, and predatory lending; and
  • Worked to improve safety features on Facebook and MySpace to protect kids from sexual predators.


Josh’s work at the Attorney General’s office and in the state Senate builds on a career dedicated to public service.

Josh taught high school English and economics in Zimbabwe for two years following graduation from Dartmouth College.

After earning his law and public policy degrees from Harvard University, Josh worked with the Self-Help Credit Union, transforming abandoned drug houses in Durham into affordable single-family homes. He also worked with the North Carolina Minority Support Center, raising capital to invest in small businesses across North Carolina.

Josh served as legal counsel in the United States Senate for a couple of years.

And as a lawyer with the law firm Smith Moore Leatherwood, Josh represented the Monitor of the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement (2012) to ensure that the nation’s biggest banks live up to the terms of the Settlement and treat their home loan customers fairly.


For three years, Josh co-chaired the capital campaign for InterAct, Wake County’s domestic violence organization.

He helped InterAct raise $5 million to move into a wonderful facility that has enabled the organization to become a national model in protecting women and children from abuse.

For his efforts, InterAct named Josh its ‘Volunteer of the Year’ for 2008 and the Mutual of America Foundation presented Josh with an award in 2010.

Josh previously served on the Advisory Board of Triangle Family Services, an organization dedicated to building healthy and secure families, and the Board of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which strengthens an important regional economic engine.

Josh currently serves on the Board of the Truth Initiative, America's largest non-profit public health organization.


Josh and his wife Anna have been married for more than 20 years and they have three children – Sam, Adam, and Leah. He and Anna both attended North Carolina public schools, as have their kids.

Josh and Anna are members of Temple Beth Or. He enjoys playing soccer (when his ankle allows), coaching and cheering for his children’s sports teams, biking, and watching college sports.