Steven Bailey was born and raised in Northern California, where his father was a farmer and his mother was an elementary school teacher. Working the family farm, he learned the value of hard work. And, instilled with a call to serve, he would enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a young adult.
After graduating from California State University, Sacramento, Steven served Governor George Deukmejian for nearly eight years as the Deputy Director, Legislation, for the CA Department of Social Services.
While working for the Deukmejian administration, he went to law school at night, earning his Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. Shortly after, he founded a nearly 18-year law practice specializing in administrative law and criminal cases. He was a California State Bar certified legal specialist in criminal law handling the simplest to the most complex criminal matters, including death penalty cases.
In 2008, he was elected as a California Superior Court Judge; he would serve the people of California until he retired from the bench in 2017 to run for California State Attorney General.
As the Republican Nominee for Attorney General in 2018, Steven Bailey was the only Republican candidate in a contested race to receive the California Republican Party Endorsement. The California Republican Assembly also endorsed him.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven represented businesses and individuals that were victimized by punitive COVID-19 restrictions. He continues to help those that are the target of unconstitutional government overreach.
Steven Bailey and his wife Kathleen have been married for 45 years. They have made their home in Northern California, where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.