Jeff Sessions Biography

(Attorney General of the United States)

Birthday: December 24, 1946 (Capricorn)

Born In: Selma, Alabama

Jeff Sessions is an American politician and lawyer currently serving as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. He was elected as a Republican Senator from Alabama in 1997 and subsequently won three more re-elections to serve in the post for two decades before resigning to take his current role. Throughout his congressional service, which has been marked by accusations of racism, he pursued conservative ideals like maintaining a strong military and law enforcement and cracking down on illegal immigration. He also opposed many Democratic initiatives, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which advocated equitable wages for women, and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. As the Attorney General, he urged federal prosecutors to seek the maximum criminal charges possible, including capital punishment for major drug dealers. He not only warned sanctuary cities of cutting federal funding if they did not comply with federal immigration policy, but also supported President Donald Trump's widely criticized policy of separating little children from parents at the border. He is one of the government officials accused of colluding with Russia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and is responsible for firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigations.
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Also Known As: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Age: 77 Years, 77 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Mary Blackshear Sessions (m. 1969)

father: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr.

mother: Abbie Powe

children: Mary Abigail Sessions, Ruth Sessions Walk, Sam Sessions

Lawyers American Men

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Males

political ideology: Republican Party

U.S. State: Alabama

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education: Huntingdon College (BA), University of Alabama (JD)

  • 1

    What is Jeff Sessions known for?

    Jeff Sessions is known for being a former United States Attorney General under the Trump administration.
  • 2

    Why did Jeff Sessions resign as Attorney General?

    Jeff Sessions resigned as Attorney General at the request of President Trump in November 2018.
  • 3

    Did Jeff Sessions run for Senate in 2020?

    Yes, Jeff Sessions ran for his former Senate seat in Alabama in the 2020 election but was defeated in the Republican primary.
  • 4

    What is Jeff Sessions' stance on immigration?

    Jeff Sessions has taken a hardline stance on immigration, advocating for stricter border controls and enforcement of immigration laws.
  • 5

    Has Jeff Sessions been involved in any controversies?

    Yes, Jeff Sessions has been involved in controversies, including his recusal from the Russia investigation as Attorney General and his strained relationship with President Trump.
Childhood & Early Life
Jefferson Beauregard 'Jeff' Sessions III was born on December 24, 1946, in Selma, Alabama to general store owner Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr. and Abbie Powe. A very active Boy Scout, he became an Eagle Scout in 1964 and after many years of service, received the 'Distinguished Eagle Scout Award'.
He attended Wilcox County High School in Camden and then enrolled into Huntingdon College in Montgomery, where he was an active member of the Young Republican National Federation and served as the student body president. After completing his graduation with a B.A. degree in 1969, he entered University of Alabama School of Law and earned a J.D. degree in 1973.
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Policies Taken as Attorney General
On March 10, 2017, Jeff Sessions oversaw the firing of 46 Obama-era US Attorneys who were abruptly asked to resign by Trump. A month later, he disbanded the National Commission on Forensic Science and ended review of the forensic accuracy, following which he was accused of taking 'science' out of Forensic Science.
He has been a staunch opponent of illegal immigration and warned on March 27, 2017 that cities failing to comply with federal immigration policy would lose federal funding. In June 2018, amidst uproar against Trump government's decision to separate children from detained families at the border, he was criticized by religious heads and scholars for citing out-of-context Biblical quote to defend the policy.
In May 2017, he overturned his predecessor Eric Holder's memo to curb mass incarceration by avoiding mandatory sentencing and ordered that federal prosecutors seek the maximum criminal charges possible. In February 2018, he opposed the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act bill, and the following month, issued a memo urging prosecutors to seek capital punishment against major drug dealers.
Also, in May 2017, he urged congressional leaders to repeal the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment to allow the Justice Department to prosecute providers of medical marijuana. Later, in January 2018, he rescinded the Cole Memorandum to allow federal prosecutors bring charges against state legalized marijuana use.
A climate change skeptic, he has voted in favor of legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. He also voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1969, Jeff Sessions married Mary Blackshear, a teacher, whom he had met at Huntingdon College. They have three children: Mary, Ruth and Sam Sessions, as well as ten grandchildren.
Both, he and his wife are United Methodists and are members at the Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile. He is also a Sunday school teacher at the church.
Facts About Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions is known for his love of classical music and plays the violin in his free time.
He is a passionate gardener and maintains a beautiful vegetable garden at his home.
Jeff Sessions is an avid bird watcher and can often be found identifying different bird species in his backyard.
He enjoys cooking and is especially skilled at making Southern comfort food dishes.
Sessions is a dedicated fan of college football and can frequently be seen cheering on his favorite team during games.

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