Senator Jeff Sessions endorses Donald Trump
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump in front of a crowd of 30,000.
Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected in 1996, Sessions is a member of the Republican Party.
From 1981 to 1993 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986. Sessions’ nomination was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee over allegations that Sessions had made racist comments. Making him the second nominee in 50 years to be rejected. Sessions denied the allegations calling them “ludicrous”. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and to the U.S. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.
Jeff Sessions was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator. He sides strongly with the Republican Party on political issues. 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 was one of 25 senators to oppose the establishment of Troubled Asset Relief Program. He has opposed the Democratic leadership since 2007 on most major legislation, including the 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.
Senator Sessions was considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Mike Pence of Indiana was ultimately selected for the ticket. On November 18, 2016, the transition team announced via press release that President-elect Trump had picked Sessions as his designee for Attorney General.