Alan Wilson was born on July 16, 1973, in West Columbia, SC. His Parents are Michael McCroy and Roxanne Dusenbury McCroy. Wilson is the 51st Attorney General of South Carolina. When Wilson was two years old, his father was killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in North Carolina. Following the death of Michael McCroy, Joe Wilson adopted Alan, and Alan changed his surname from McCroy to Wilson. Alan Wilson matriculated to Francis Mason University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he received an undergraduate degree in political science and J.D., respectively. Upon his graduation, Alan served in the South Carolina National Guard in 1996 and is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge following his service in Iraq. He continues to be involved in military service and is presently a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps, and is an Eagle Scout, alongside his three brothers. Alan Wilson is a husband and a father. He is married to Jennifer Wilson, with whom he has two children Anna Grace Wilson and Michael Wilson.
Alan Wilson’s legal career began during his internship at the A.G.’s office under Charlie Condon. Following his graduation from the University of South Carolina School of law, Wilson worked at the South Carolina Circuit Court under Judge Marc Westbrook. He later ascended to Assistant Solicitor and Assistant Attorney General. Wilson also spent some time in the private sector after joining Willoughby & Hoefer’s law farm in 2009.
During the 2010 campaign, Attorney General Henry MacMaster decided not to run for Attorney General opting for the Governor seat of South Carolina instead. Wilson was successful in the GOP nomination, receiving 60% of the votes against Leighton Lord. During the November 2, 2010 election Alan Wilson beat Democrat Mathew Richardson and Leslie Minerd of the Green Party to become the 51st Attorney General of South Carolina. Wilson was subsequently elected as Attorney General on November 4, 2014, and November 6, 2018. Since becoming Attorney General, Wilson’s focus has been to keep South Carolina’s residents safe by protecting their freedom and securing their futures. Before becoming the Attorney General, Wilson enjoyed a stint at the prosecution division as an intern and as Assistant Attorney General for South Carolina under Henry McMaster.
As the Attorney General of South Carolina, Alan Wilson is the state’s chief legal counsel, chief prosecutor, and chief securities officer. South Carolina’s Attorney General’s office consists of nearly three hundred staff and ninety attorneys managing close to 8,000 active case files. Alan Wilson works closely with the A.G.’s office, the Police Chef’s Association, State Law Enforcement Division, victim’s advocacy groups, all 16 solicitors, and sheriffs. Together, they actively advance legislative measures to make South Carolina the safest place to work, live, and raise a family. The team has successfully passed vital public safety legislation, including Emma’s Law and the Ashley Hall Bill.