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Jeff Sessions

Jeff SessionsAKA Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Born: 24-Dec-1946
Birthplace: Hybart, AL

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Alabama

Military service: US Army Reserve (1973-86)

Jeff Sessions' appointment to federal judgeship in 1986 was rejected by a US Senate committee because he had made numerous racist statements.[1] The committee had reviewed affidavits from a variety of Justice Department officials, documenting the racist remarks, one of which called a white civil rights attorney "a disgrace to his race" and another where he expressed admiration for the Ku Klux Klan. Among the helpful clarifications Sessions made during the approval process was this gem: "I may have said something about the NAACP being un-American or Communist, but I meant no harm by it." In 2009, Sessions accused Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor of racism.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was (obviously) named for his father and grandfather. His grandfather was named for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, and General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, the superintendent of West Point who quit to take command the first Confederate army at Fort Sumter, at the start of the American Civil War.


[1] "Committee Rejects Alabama Judge Nominee", USA Today, 6 June 1986.

Father: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr.
Mother: Abbie Powe
Wife: Mary Blackshear (m. 1969, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Mary Abigail
Daughter: Ruth Walk
Son: Sam

    High School: (Camden, AL)
    University:
BA, Huntingdon College (1969)
    Law School: JD, University of Alabama (1973)
    Administrator: Trustee, Huntingdon College
    Administrator: Board of Overseers, Samford University

    US Senator, Alabama (1997-)
    Attorney General of Alabama (1995-97)
    US Attorney Southern District of Alabama (1981-93)
    Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
    Eagle Scout 1964
    4-H Club
    American Bar Association
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    Lions Club

Official Website:
http://sessions.senate.gov/


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