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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||3/14/2003 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Richard Vollmer|
|Past post:||Southern District of Alabama, Magistrate|
|Home State:||Tuscumbia, AL|
|Bachelors:||U. of Southern Mississippi, B.A., 1972|
|Law School:||U. of Alabama Law, J.D., 1980|
|Military service:|| U.S. Marine Corps 1972-1979|
U.S. Army Reserve 1990-1997
Early life and education
An Alabama native, Steele graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg with his Bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from the University of Alabama Law School with his Juris Doctorate in 1980.
Steele started his career in 1981 as a law clerk/bailiff in the Tuscaloosa County District Court. He later served as assistant and then chief assistant District Attorney in the Mobile County District Attorney's Office from 1981 to 1987. In 1987, Steele joined the US Attorney's Office and served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1987 to 1989.
While in law school, Steele served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1979 and in the Alabama National Guard as a reserve from 1979 to 1990. He served in the US Army Reserve from 1990 to 1997. 
Southern District of Alabama, Magistrate
Steele served as a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama from 1990 to 2003 before being appointed to the Federal Bench.
Southern District of Alabama
On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, Steele was appointed by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003 to a seat vacated by Richard Vollmer. Steele was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2003 and received commission on March 14, 2003.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Alabama
|Magistrate judges||William Cassady • Bert Milling • Katherine Nelson • Sonja Bivins •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Crawford • Charles Tait • John Gayle • William Giles Jones • Richard Busteed • George Washington Lane • John Bruce • Emmett Cox • Harry Theophilus Toulmin • Robert Tait Ervin • John McDuffie • Thomas Pittman • William Hand • Daniel Thomas • Richard Vollmer • Alex Howard •
|Former Chief judges|
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