Heritage Ranking: 88%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 96%
Conservative Review Ranking: 80%
Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III, has been a United States Senator from Alabama since 1996. Sessions was born on Christmas Eve 1946 in Selma, Alabama. He lived in Hybart, Alabama, where his parents owned and operated a local country store, and he went to school in nearby Camden. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and in 1964 he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Sessions worked his way through school and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montgomery’s Huntingdon College in 1969. While at Huntingdon, he was the president of the Young Republicans. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Alabama in 1973.
Sessions joined the United States Army Reserves after graduating from law school and served for 13 years. He held the rank of Captain when he left the service in 1986. Today, he is one of 16 Senators who are presently or have previously served in the military.
Sessions initially practiced law in Russellville, and then in Mobile, Alabama. From 1975 to 1977, he held the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. In 1981, President, Ronald Reagan, nominated Sessions to become the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District. The Senate confirmed Sessions and he held this position for 12 years.
In 1986, Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. As a result of phony and vague allegations of racism against Sessions, Democrats and Repuplicans In Name Only (RINOs) on the Senate Judiciary Committee killed his nomination, making Sessions only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in 48 years whose nomination was killed in committee.
Some of these Senators would live to regret their vote years later when Sessions won election to the United States Senate, something that may not had happened if Sessions had been confirmed to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Before running for the United States Senate, Sessions was elected, and served, as Alabama’s Attorney General from 1995 to 1997. He left this post before his term expired when he was elected to the United States Senate in 1996. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Sessions serves as a ranking member on a number of Senate committees. Sessions is an avid conservative and has lead the fight on Amnesty for illegal aliens in the Senate. In 2013, Sessions spoke for more than 33 hours and that earned him the distinction of being the biggest talker in the Senate for that calendar year.
Sessions married Mary Blackshear in 1969. During the 1970s, the family moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they still reside. The Sessions have three children and nine grandchildren.
Committee on Armed Services
Subcommittee on Airland
Subcommittee on Seapower
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy
Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security
International Narcotics Control Caucus
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