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Jeff Sessions

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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. He is a member of the Republican Party and has lived in Alabama for most of his life.

Early life

Jeff Sessions was born in Hybart, Alabama as the son of a country store owner. In 1964 he became an Eagle Scout. After attending school in nearby Camden, Sessions studied at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama in 1973.

Sessions became a practicing attorney first in Russellville, Alabama, and then in Mobile, Alabama where he now lives. He was also an army reservist in the 1970s, achieving the rank of captain.

Political career

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. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving until 1997.

In 1996 he won his election to the United States Senate. He was reelected easily in 2002.

Sessions is a conservative Republican, backing Republican stances on foreign affairs, taxes, and social policy. He opposes abortion, and is cautious towards immigration and foreign trade. Sessions has also sought to limit taxes and domestic spending.

Sessions has been active in particular as an advocate for the armed services.

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Preceded by:
Howell T. Heflin
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Alabama
1997–present
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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