Sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General on January 1, 2017. Stein is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud. Stein has mad combatting the opioid crisis a top priority. His office drafter the STOP act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act to close loopholes in state criminal law concerning fentanyl. Both laws passed the General Assembly unanimously and were signed into law by the Governor.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Stein served as a state Senator and as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the NC. Department of Justice. In the State Senate, Stein successfully led efforts to put more violent criminals behind bars by expanding the state’s DNA database. Stein wrote the School Safety Act and legislation that banned stalking using GPS tracking devices. For his work in the State Senate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the AARP of NC each named him legislator of the year and his Republican and Democratic colleagues ranked him as the most effective Democratic Senator.
As Senior Deputy Attorney General, Stein worked to protect kids from online sexual predators and to help run the payday lenders charging loan shark interest rates out of the state. Stein previously taught high school in Zimbabwe, served as legal counsel in the United States Senate, and worked with two economic development organizations in NC. Stein is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned law and public policy degrees from Harvard University. He and his wife Anna have three children, who all attend NC public schools like they did.