Albert Kirby, Jr. was born in Clinton, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University on a football scholarship. He attended law school at Campbell University School of Law (now Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law). After graduating, he worked as an assistant district attorney in Prosecutorial District 12 for Cumberland and Hoke Counties, and in Prosecutorial District 3 for Pitt County. He also taught as a professor of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University. He now has his own firm, the Kirby Law Firm, with one of his major clients being the Clinton City Schools Board of Education, where he served as the school board attorney for over twenty years. He is currently attending Campbell University Divinity School.
Albert served as Sampson County Commissioner for District 5 and was appointed as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge by Governor Roy Cooper. He also served as a community member with his involvement in numerous different organizations. Some of the organizations he has been associated with are the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Black Lawyers Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the North Carolina Association of Black Elected Officials. He was also a member of the Board of Governors, North Carolina Advocate for Justice, and a Fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership. His priorities for office include investing in public education, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and expanding local education and workforce programs to grow the economy especially in rural North Carolina.