Mary Becker Windom was born in Mobile, Alabama, and was raised in Bay Minette, Alabama, in a family dedicated to public service. Her mother, Ina Becker, was the former Tax Assessor of Baldwin County. Her father, Earl V. Becker was a rural mail carrier for more than 40 years. She attended public schools in Bay Minette, graduating from Baldwin County High School in 1977, in the top of her class. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Alabama in 1982.
After college, she worked for two Chambers of Commerce, including serving as the Executive Director of the Bay Minette Chamber of Commerce and Director of Membership at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama in 1999, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also served on the Jones Law Review, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Mary was in private practice in Mobile until 2003, when she began her service as an Assistant U. S. Attorney in the Southern District of Alabama. She most recently served as a Deputy Attorney General in Montgomery, Alabama.
She is a member of the Mobile Bar Association, a past member of the Mobile Bar Women Lawyers Section. Mary has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She presently serves on the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the Judicial Study Commission Sub-Committee on Indigent Defense, and the Alabama Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Mary Windom has also served the communities she has lived in by serving on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Mobile, the National Board of America's Junior Miss, and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Humane Society. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Children First, and a member of the Children's Harbor Anchor Society.
She is married to Steve Windom, who served from 1989 until 1998 in the Alabama State Senate, and then as Lieutenant Governor from 1999 until 2003. They have two children, Robert and Thomas. Both are attorneys: Robert is legal counsel at Apple Computer in Los Angeles, California and Thomas is an associate with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. Mary and Steve are members of the Church of Christ.