Attorney General Applicant

Steven C. Bailey

Currently: Retired California Judge

Topping off a career in the courtroom, first as a defense attorney then as a judge, Bailey says he’s best prepared to be the state’s number one crime fighter—and an unflinchingly tough one.

Born in Yolo County, Bailey served in the Marines before moving to Sacramento, first to get a law degree at Lincoln Law School and then to serve in Gov. George Deukmejian’s administration. He spent 19 years working as a criminal defense attorney, an experience that he says helped him spot the many loopholes in our criminal justice system. He took those lessons to the El Dorado County Superior Court, where he served as a judge for eight years.


  • Upholding the death penalty and “three strikes” policy
  • Opposing “sanctuary” policy and new gun control laws

Letters of Recommendation:

  • California Republican Party
  • California Peace Officers Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • California ProLife Council
  • Rep. Tom McClintock
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese

Note from H.R.:

Earlier this year, the state judicial disciplinary agency accused Bailey of several acts of misconduct—including accepting improper gifts, steering court business to his son and using his judicial title to promote his candidacy. His campaign called the accusations unfounded and said the commission was “dominated by liberal appointees.”

Contact Information:   @BaileyForAG

The Resume of Steven C. Bailey

El Dorado County Superior Court, 2009 – 2017

  • Ruled on civil, criminal, probate, and juvenile cases
  • Helped establish a separate court specifically for veterans with mental health issues

Criminal Defense Lawyer, 1990 – 2009

Deputy Director of Legislation at the California Department of Social Services, 1983 – 1991

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Applicant's Stances

Learn about Steven C. Bailey's Stances

The Issues
  • Justice

Going Deeper

Meet California AG Candidate Judge Steven Bailey



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