Trump offers Alabama senator AG post, according to report

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(WKRG) — President-Elect Donald Trump has offered Alabama senator Jeff Sessions the role of Attorney General, CBS News reported this morning.

Sessions has been an avid supporter of Trump since before his presidential campaign and it was expected that he would be offered a cabinet role.

Sessions has not yet released a statement saying if he has accepted the role or not.

So who is Jeff Sessions?

Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama on December 24, 1946 and attended 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.

Sessions served in the United States Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986, according to his biography.

He served two years as assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977), Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District,which he held for 12 years.

Sessions is not without controversy. When Reagan nominated Sessions to be a federal district court judge, issues over race arose.

In 1986, testimony before Congress questioned Sessions’ views on race.

One African-American federal prosecutor testified Sessions had called him “boy” and said the KKK was “okay until I found out they smoked pot,” according to records obtained by The New York Times.

That prosecutor was Thomas Figures, the late husband of current Alabama Senator Vivian Figures.

Sessions said the comments were “made in jest.”

He was also accused of saying white attorneys disgraced their race by representing black clients.

Sessions denied the testimony saying what was said was not an accurate representation of the conversation he had.

Ultimately that testimony caused him that nomination, but he went on to be Alabama Attorney General in 1995 for two years.

In 1997, he entered the Senate. He’s known for being especially tough on budgets and finances, believes in a strong military and a small government.

Sessions was elected to the Senate for a fourth term in 2014 by a landslide with more than 97 percent of all votes cast.

He says his past successes include opening up 8.3 million acres of land in the Gulf of Mexico which yielded 1.3 billion barrels of oil and 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and working for federal funding to reduce the backlog in crime cases including ballistics, blood, and DNA tests.

He also authored the Honoring Every Requirement of Exemplary Service (HEROES) Act in 2005 which increased the payment to families of fallen combat soldiers from $12,000 to $100,000 and also increased the maximum servicemen’s life insurance benefit from $250,000 to $400,000.

He attends Ashland Place United Methodist Church is Mobile and is a resident of Mobile and is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster told the the Associated Press that Trump’s transition team contacted him Wednesday to ask if he would be interested in serving as attorney general.

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