Prior to his term as Attorney General, Sessions represented Alabama as a United States Senator for 20 years. He was an active member of the Senate’s Judiciary and Armed Services Committees and served as ranking Republican on both the Judiciary and Budget Committees. Sessions advocated for a restrained and objective Judiciary, and fought for a frugal and balanced budget, a vigorous foreign policy, and a strong military. He strongly supported the war on terrorism but acknowledges the need for realism and limits in policies. Sessions supports lawful immigration that serves the national interest and believes the nation must stand firmly against unfair trade practices.
Sessions served for more than two years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1975 – 1977) before being nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was later elected as Alabama’s Attorney General in 1995, serving as the State’s chief legal officer until 1996 when he was elected to the United States Senate.
Sessions received his U.S. Army Commission in 1973 and served in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 10 years, ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. An Alabama native, Sessions attended Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama School of Law. A very active Boy Scout, he became an Eagle Scout in 1964 and received the 'Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,' a national-level recognition of his service.
Sessions and his wife, Mary, have three children and 10 grandchildren.
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