Jeff Sessions Biography

Jeff Sessions is an American politician and lawyer currently serving as the 84th Attorney General of the United States. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: December 24, 1946

Nationality: American

Famous: Lawyers Political Leaders

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Males

Also Known As: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Born in: Selma, Alabama

Famous as: Attorney General of the United States

Height: 1.63 m

political ideology: Republican Party

Family:

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

father: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr.

mother: Abbie Powe

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

City, States, Provinces & Districts: Alabama

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

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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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Jeff Sessions
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.
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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.
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Trivia
  • Jeff Sessions is portrayed by Kate McKinnon in parody sketches on 'Saturday Night Live'.
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