Mother: Abbie (Powe) Sessions
Marriage: Mary Blackshear Sessions (1969-present)
Children: Mary Abigail, Ruth and Samuel
Education: Huntingdon College, B.A., 1969; University of Alabama, J.D., 1973
Military service: US Army Reserve, 1973-1986, Captain
Is an Eagle Scout.
Serves on the Senate Budget, Judiciary, Armed Services, and Environment and Public Works Committees.
Voted against both of President Barack Obama's
Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor
and Elena Kagan
Supports building fencing along the US border, saying in 2006 that "good fences make good neighbors."
1973-1975 - Practices law in Alabama.
1975-1977 - Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
1981-1993 - US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
Alabama Attorney General. During this time, an Alabama judge accuses Sessions of prosecutorial misconduct
related to the handling of evidence in a case but ultimately, Sessions is not disciplined for ethics violations.
1996 - Elected to the US Senate. Re-elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014.
1997-February 2017 - Republican senator representing Alabama.
February 2, 2009 -
Votes in favor of the confirmation of Eric Holder
as attorney general.
April 23, 2015 -
Votes against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch
as attorney general.
November 18, 2016 -
President-elect Donald Trump announces he intends to nominate Sessions to be the next attorney general.
January 3, 2017 -
An NAACP sit-in to protest the nomination of Sessions
as US attorney general ends when six people are arrested at Sessions' Mobile, Alabama, office.
March 2, 2017 -
Sessions recuses himself from any involvement in a Justice Department probe into links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
April 3, 2017 -
The Justice Department releases a memorandum ordering a review of consent decrees and other police reforms overseen by the federal government in response to complaints of civil rights abuses and public safety issues. During his confirmation hearing, Sessions expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of Justice Department interventions in local police matters.