Jeff Sessions is now the U.S. Attorney General and is the top law enforcement officer for the nation. Jeff, a lifelong Republican, served in the United States Senate from Alabama from 1997 until 2017. He is the 84th U.S. Attorney General.
Despite the controversy over his nomination, Jeff’s confirmation was greeted with warm applause by his constituency, and he extolled the virtue of open, passionate debate in Congress as critical to forward progress. Jeff urged Congressional leaders to work together to reconcile their differences to move the nation forward. He had this to say:
I can’t express how appreciative I am for those of you who stood by me during this difficult time. By your vote tonight, I have been given a real challenge. I’ll do my best to be worthy of it.
Jeff graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1969 and earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973. He entered private practice in Russellville before making his home in Mobile, Alabama.
Jeff was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama beginning in 1975. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Jeff to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate confirmed him and he held that position for 12 years.
Jeff was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994. Even though I am a Democrat, I supported Jeff in that race. In 1996, Jeff won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, after a runoff, and then defeated Democrat Roger Bedford in the November general election. Jeff succeeded my friend Howell Heflin, who had retired after 18 years in the Senate. Jeff won his second and third terms with relative ease.
I believe that Jeff will be an outstanding Attorney General. I have complete confidence that he will follow the law in a fair and impartial manner. Having the Attorney General from Alabama is a tremendous honor for our state. I wish Jeff the very best as he undertakes a huge challenge!
Sources: The New York Times, The Washington Times, Wikipedia
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