Sen. Sessions is widely respected across party lines in the United States Senate, where he has served the American people for two decades. He is a world-class legal mind and a tough but fair lawyer with invaluable experience as both the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and Alabama’s Attorney General. Known for his deep respect for the Constitution and adherence to the rule of law, Sen. Sessions has worked tirelessly to defend the civil and legal rights of all Americans.
Senator Sessions is exceptionally qualified and believes that judges should interpret laws as they’re written, not legislate from the bench. He is an ardent proponent of limited constitutional government.
- Served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-77).
- U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District (1981-93).
- Member of Senate Judiciary Committee (1997-present).
- Fought Democratic filibusters of President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.
- Voted against confirming President Obama’s nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
- Following death of justice Antonin Scalia, joined GOP senators in refusing to hold hearings for new Supreme Court nominee until inauguration of next president.
Senator Sessions has been a vocal and successful advocate for Civil Rights.
- Co-sponsored legislation with Senator Dick Durbin to bring penalties for crack possession that unfairly targeted African-Americans more in line with the penalties for powder cocaine.
- Voted in favor of the 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act.
- Spearheaded the effort to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rosa Parks, an Alabama native and Civil Rights icon.
- Led Senate efforts to honor the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” Civil Rights march in Selma, and crossed the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge with Rep. John Lewis and other Civil Rights figures to commemorate the day of the tear-gassing.
- As a young Republican in Alabama in the 1960s, Senator Sessions campaigned against George Wallace, the state’s segregationist Democratic governor.
- Helped the Southern Poverty Law Center sue – and ultimately bankrupt – the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.
- Was instrumental in the death penalty conviction for the head of the Alabama KKK for murder.
Senator Sessions supports securing our borders and advocates for immigration reform that protects the interests of American workers, ends illegal immigration, and ensures that legal immigrants are better able to assimilate.
- Opposes illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.
- Has spoken out against harboring refugees from countries that sanction terrorism.
- Supports better coordination of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to keep Americans safe from terrorist attacks.
- As a prosecutor, aggressively pursued drug cartels.
AMERICA’S SERVICE MEN & WOMEN
Senator Sessions fights for America’s service men and women and veterans.
- Sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
- Authored the Honoring Every Requirement of Exemplary Service (HEROES) Act, which increased the payment received by 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.
- Represents the interests of four major defense installations in Alabama (Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Fort Rucker near Ozark, Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, and the Anniston Army Depot).
- Challenged Obama court nominee Elena Kagan for her treatment of the military during her time as Dean of Harvard Law School.