Jeff Sessions

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Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions, official portrait.jpg
84th United States Attorney General
Assumed office
February 9, 2017
President Donald Trump
Deputy Rod J. Rosenstein
Preceded by Dana Boente (Acting)
United States Senator
from Alabama
In office
January 3, 1997 – February 8, 2017
Preceded by Howell Heflin
Succeeded by Luther Strange
44th Attorney General of Alabama
In office
January 16, 1995 – January 3, 1997
Governor Fob James
Preceded by Jimmy Evans
Succeeded by Bill Pryor
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama
In office
1981–1993
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by William Kimbrough, Jr.
Succeeded by Don Foster
Personal details
Born Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
December 24, 1946 (1946-12-24) (age 70)
Selma, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Blackshear
Children 3
Alma mater Huntingdon College (BA)
University of Alabama (JD)
Signature
Website Senate website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1973–1977
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 1184th United States Army Transportation Terminal Unit
United States Army Reserve

Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is an American politician. He is the 84th and current United States Attorney General since February 9, 2017. Before being Attorney General, he was the junior United States Senator from Alabama. He is a member of the Republican Party. At the time of his senate career, he ranked 15th in seniority in the United States Senate. He was the most senior junior Senator upon the retirement of Barbara Boxer in January 2017 to February 2017.

Early life[change | change source]

Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama on December 24, 1946.[1] He was the son of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr., and the former Abbie Powe.[2] He was raised in Camden, Alabama. Sessions earned B.A. Degree from Huntingdon College and a J.D. Degree from the University of Alabama.

Early career[change | change source]

From 1981 to 1993, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994.

United States senator (1997–2017)[change | change source]

Sessions was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. Sessions is considered one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate.

As a senator, he is known for being against illegal immigration and to reduce legal immigration. He supported the major legislative efforts of the George W. Bush administration, including the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq War, and a proposed national amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

He opposed the establishment of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the 2009 stimulus bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he opposed all three of President Barack Obama's nominees for the Supreme Court.

An early supporter of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Sessions was considered as a possible Vice Presidential nominee, but Indiana governor Mike Pence was ultimately selected for the ticket.

Sessions resigned from the senate to be confirmed as the United States Attorney General on February 8, 2017.[3]

United States Attorney General (since 2017)[change | change source]

On November 18, 2016, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump planned to nominate Sessions for United States Attorney General.

On January 10, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on his nomination began.[4] The committee approved his nomination February 1 on a straight party-line vote, 11 to 9.[5] The senate narrowly confirmed his nomination on February 8, 2017. He was sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence on February 9.

Personal life[change | change source]

Sessions and his wife Mary have three children and six grandchildren.[6] The family is United Methodist. He teaches at Sunday School to children in Mobile, Alabama.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "SESSIONS, Jefferson Beauregard III (Jeff) – Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. Battle, Robert. "Ancestry of Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III". Rootsweb. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/senators/sessions.htm. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
  3. Barrett, Ted; LoBianco, Tom (February 6, 2017). "DeVos, Sessions expected to be confirmed in tight votes". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/06/politics/devos-session-senate-vote-tuesday/. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. Rafferty, Andrew (January 10, 2017). "Jeff Sessions, Trump's Pick for Attorney General, Testifies at Senate Confirmation Hearing". NBC News. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/sessions-nomination-battle-kicks-capitol-hill-n705136. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. Kim, Seung Min (February 1, 2017). "Sessions clears committee on party-line 11-9 vote". Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/senate-judiciary-jeff-sessions-234488. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. De La Cuetara, Ines (July 18, 2016). "Jeff Sessions: Everything You Need to Know". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeff-sessions/story?id=40279756.
  7. Lucas, Fred (November 21, 2016). "Who Is the New Attorney General Pick, Jeff Sessions?". Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/who-new-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-523460. Retrieved November 24, 2016. "Sessions is a Sunday school teacher at the Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile and has been a delegate to the annual Alabama Methodist Conference.".

Other websites[change | change source]