|84th United States Attorney General|
February 9, 2017
|Deputy||Rod Rosenstein (Nominee)|
|Preceded by||Dana Boente (Acting)|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1997 – February 8, 2017
|Preceded by||Howell Heflin|
|Succeeded by||Luther Strange|
|44th Attorney General of Alabama|
January 16, 1995 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Jimmy Evans|
|Succeeded by||Bill Pryor|
|United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama|
George H. W. Bush
|Preceded by||William Kimbrough, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Don Foster|
|Born||Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
December 24, 1946
Selma, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||Huntingdon College (BA)
University of Alabama (JD)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1973–1977|
|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. He was the son of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr., and the former Abbie Powe. 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]
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.
United States Attorney General (since 2017)[change | change source]
On January 10, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on his nomination began. The committee approved his nomination February 1 on a straight party-line vote, 11 to 9. 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]
References[change | change source]
- "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.
- Battle, Robert. "Ancestry of Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III". Rootsweb. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/senators/sessions.htm. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Jeff Sessions|
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Jeff Sessions|
- Senator Jeff Sessions official U.S. Senate site
- Jeff Sessions for Senate
- Jeff Sessions at the Open Directory Project
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary from Politico