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Jeff Sessions (born Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on December 24, 1946 in Selma, Alabama) is a United States Senator for Alabama. Jeff graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1973, entering in private practice in Mobile, Alabama. From 1973 to 1976, he also served in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated him as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. He held the position for 12 years. In 1986, Reagan nominated Jeff to the U.S. District Court, but the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the nomination after four Department of Justice lawyers testified that Jeff made racist comments. After his failed appointment, Jeff ran for Attorney General of Alabama. He was elected in 1994. Two years later, he won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He was elected with 53% of the vote. He has been reelected every time since, even running unopposed in 2014. In 2016, after supporting Donald Trump in his presidential campaign, the president-elect tapped Jeff to be his Attorney General. Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General on February 9, 2017. On March 2, 2017 it was revealed that Sessions may have had contact with the Russian Ambassador during the election, causing Democrats and Republicans to come forward and call for Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia/election investigation. On the same day, Sessions recused himself.
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Jeff Sessions is best known as a staunch conservative Senator from Alabama.
He’s named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, and P.G. T. Beauregard, a Confederate general. Jeff is very pro-life and anti-same-sex marriage. He voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, which classifies violence committed on LGBT people due to their sexual orientation as a hate crime. Jeff is also strictly anti-drug, anti-immigration. He and his wife, Mary Blackshear, have three children and six grandchildren.