Jeff Sessions is a bipartisan leader.
- As a Senator, Sessions worked across the aisle to pass landmark legislation, including the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which rectified disparities in sentencing for drug crimes. Sen. Sessions first introduced this bill in 2001 and worked with Democratic colleagues, law enforcement and civil rights groups for over nine years until President Obama signed it into law.
- Sen. Sessions worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass the Finding Fugitive Sex Offenders Act in 2012, which helps law enforcement track down unregistered sex offenders. Similarly, he worked in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act in 2013.
- Teamed with Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) to pass the Prison Rape Elimination Act (2003), which toughened penalties for prison rape, adopted national standards for preventing sexual assault in prisons and created a review panel at the Justice Department to hold public hearings on the operation of prisons with the highest and lowest numbers of prison rapes.
- Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia, has already announced he will support Jeff Sessions.
- Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat from Delaware: “Senator Sessions and I have worked constructively on some important matters including the reauthorization of the Victims of Child Abuse Act.”
- Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrat from Florida: “I’ve worked with Jeff Sessions on a number of pieces of legislation … and we always got along. And we worked out, in a bipartisan way, whatever the issues were at the time. . . . I think he’s a reasonable person.”