Elected Maricopa County Attorney in November 2004, Andrew Thomas is recognized as a noted author and leading authority on the criminal justice system.
Born in Long Beach, California in 1966, he grew up mostly in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Missouri in 1988 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991.
After graduating from law school, Andrew moved to the Valley of the Sun and joined a large law firm in Phoenix , where he practiced civil litigation. Leaving private practice in 1994 to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for Arizona, he prosecuted both civil and criminal cases. Andrew subsequently served as deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the governor of Arizona. In this capacity he helped draft and campaigned for the Stop Juvenile Crime Initiative, which Arizona voters approved in 1996.
After his service in the governor's office, Andrew became the chief attorney at the Arizona Department of Corrections. There, he helped lead a successful crackdown on prison gangs.
Joining the Maricopa County Attorney's staff as a deputy county attorney in 2003, he prosecuted numerous felonies in both the pretrial and juvenile divisions. In 2004, Andrew ran successfully for the office of Maricopa County Attorney. He took office in January 2005.
Andrew is the author of four books. His most recent book is The People vs. Harvard Law: How America's Oldest Law School Turned Its Back on Free Speech. He is also the author of Clarence Thomas: A Biography and Crime and Sacking of America: The Roots of Chaos, both of which received wide critical acclaim. His writings on crime, law and public policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, National Review and many other publications. Andrew has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and other legislative bodies regarding criminal justice issues.
Andrew and his wife, Ann Estrada Thomas, have four children.