The Honorable Steven C. Bailey

El Dorado County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Steven C. Bailey (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of El Dorado County in California. He was elected to the bench in 2008, where he presided over its criminal, civil, probate, and juvenile delinquency divisions.

Bailey earned a B.A. in government from California State University, Sacramento in 1978. While earning his undergraduate degree, he worked as a legislative assistant for the California State Assembly and the California State Senate. He then pursued a career in politics, accepting a position as the deputy director of legislation for the California Department of Social Service in 1983. He spent the next seven years working in that capacity, which involved supervising the preparation of legislative proposals, testifying before legislative committees, and garnering support for legislative acts.

He completed a J.D. from Lincoln Law School in 1987. However, he did not begin his legal career until 1990. At that time, he started his own private practice. He handled criminal and administrative law matters, specializing in the representation of individuals and businesses with state licensing issues.

Over the course of his judicial career, Bailey helped establish the Veterans Court of El Dorado County. He retired from the bench in order to run for California Attorney General in 2018. He campaigned on a platform in support of the death penalty and the Three Strikes Law. During the middle of his campaign, he was investigated by the Commission on Judicial Performance for judicial misconduct concerning the misuse of his position. The Commission concluded that he used his position as a superior court judge to aid his campaign, help his son’s employer, and accept gifts. He was subsequently censured and barred from working in any state court.

Bailey was born in Yuba City, California. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

He is registered as a Republican.

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