The primary elections are over, but some highly sought spots still remain open due to the primary races resulting in runoffs. One of those races is for the Attorney General’s seat.
In a highly contested and publicized race, Incumbent Steve Marshall and former Alabama Attorney General Troy King both garnered enough support to tip the race into a a runoff election set for July 17.
With that in mind, here are five things you need to know about Troy King:
1. He was Alabama’s Attorney General in from 2004 to 2010.
It’s safe to say King knows a thing or two about the day-to-day proceedings of the Alabama Attorney General’s office.
He was first appointed attorney general
in 2004 by former Gov. Bob Riley
, after William Pryor
left the office to accept federal judge position with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2006, King defeated democratic nominee John M. Tyson
in the November general election of that year. He served as Attorney General for one term after his election, and was defeated by Luther Strange
in the 2010 Republican primary; but now he’s back and ready to ultimately find victory as the Party’s nominee.
2. He was instrumental in bringing changes to the Yellowhammer State’s sex offender laws.
While serving as Attorney General, King made it his mission to bring new laws regarding sex offenders to the state. Specifically he wanted the state to require that Alabama’s sex offenders who were released wear an electronic monitoring bracelet (such as those used for those on house arrest or parole) to monitor the sex offenders whereabouts. He was so adamant about his position that he wore an electronic monitoring bracelet himself during the 2005 legislative session, until the law was changed.
3. Although he is very opposed to gambling of any kind in Alabama, he’s accepted campaign donations from out of state gambling interests.
During his time as Attorney General, not only did he introduce anti-gambling legislation every year of his time in public office
, he also prosecuted several electronic gambling sites, opposed a gambling expansion for the Native American tribes in Alabama, and even requested that the United States Department of the Interior deny the Poarch Band of Creek Indian’s application to broaden their gambling operations in the state.
But a recent report by AL.com
claims King has received “about $90,000 from five South Carolina companies and individuals with links to gaming.” According to the report, one of the major donors from South Carolina, Keith Gray
, is involved in the gambling business, with one of his businesses being prosecuted in 2017 by the state of Alabama. Gray reportedly used his own name, names of family members, and business associates to donate to King’s campaign, including two companies called Open Ocean Investments and Sycamore Investments. Which have, “disconnected phone numbers, [and]share a post office box in Piedmont, South Carolina.”
4. He was the first Attorney General to sue BP after Deepwater horizon.
On April 20, 2010
, an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Luisiana, called Deep Water Horizon, started a chain of events which eventually led to around 4.9 million barrels of oil being pumped into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill caused massive amounts of damage to coastal ecosystems and communities located near the gulf.
Under King’s leadership, Alabama was the first state impacted by the Deep water Horizon oil spill to file a lawsuit against the oil rig’s owners, BP. “BP is now on notice,” King told CNN.
“Alabama intends to hold you good to your word and to make you put our state back the way you found it.”
King’s actions led to a settlement with BP
in which the state was awarded $1.3 billion to be paid out over 14 years.
5. His favorite musician is Johnny Cash (at least on Facebook anyway).
According to King’s campaign Facebook page, his favorite music to listen to is Johnny Cash. Cash is a very famous country artist best known for his songs “Boy Named Sue” and “Ring of Fire.”