|U.S. Senator from Alabama|
From: January 7, 1997 – Present
|Predecessor||Howell T. Heflin|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Blackshear Sessions|
Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. He is a strongly conservative member of the Republican Party. After attending school in nearby Camden, Sessions worked his way through Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama in 1973. As a United States senator, Sessions has focused his energies on opposing illegal immigration, protecting the American worker against harmful "free trade" agreements, maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, and providing tax relief to stimulate economic growth and empower Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.
Following a two-year stint as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975–1977), Sessions was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama's Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. In 1986, Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship by Reagan. However, the nomination was killed by Senate Democrats. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in November 1994. In 1996, Sessions won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, after a runoff, and then defeated Democrat Roger Bedford, 52%-46% in the November general election. He currently serves as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sessions was ranked by National Journal as the fifth-most conservative United States Senator in their March, 2007 conservative/liberal rankings. He backs conservative Republican stances on foreign affairs, taxes, and social policy. In 2006 he was a vocal critic of the John McCain-Ted Kennedy Immigration reform bill.
Sessions voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and against the $787 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Jeff Sessions is also an opponent of the mainstream media attacks on arbitration. His arbitration bills, introduced in Congress in 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2011, would ensure due process safeguards in arbitration. This sensible, conservative, approach to arbitration contrasts against the liberal Arbitration Fairness Act, which would prohibit the enforcement of predispute arbitration agreements in broad areas of commerce.
"Omnibus explains why ‘Voters are in open rebellion’" (December 16, 2015). Nine-minute condensation of speech before U.S. Senate on the December 2015 2,000 page 'omnibus' year-end funding bill. Received 225,000 views on YouTube as of March 2016.
"Senator Jeff Sessions endorses Donald Trump at Madison, Alabama rally" (February 28, 2016). Five-minute speech endorsing 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Received 89,000 views on YouTube as of March 2016.
- "Sessions: Omnibus Explains Why ‘Voters Are In Open Rebellion’" (December 16, 2015). YouTube video, 9:11, posted by SenatorSessions.
- "Donald Trump Endorsed by Senator Jeff Sessions in Madison, AL (2-28-16)" (February 28, 2016). YouTube video, 5:11, posted by Right Side Broadcasting.