Alabama attorney general, colleagues back Sessions for U.S. attorney general

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined 24 other state attorneys general Dec. 16 in supporting Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. attorney general. The attorneys general urged the Senate Judiciary Committee’s leadership to confirm the nomination.


“Few positions are more important than our nation’s attorney general,” Strange wrote in a joint letter to Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt). "The person who fills that role is not only charged with keeping our streets safe, but upholding the legal principles that are the bedrock of our republic. Sen. Sessions has proven over a long and distinguished career that he has the character to serve as U.S. attorney general for all Americans. We urge his confirmation.”


The joint letter emphasized Strange’s unique and diverse resume, believing it provides strong qualifications for a role as U.S. attorney general. Before Strange’s current run as a senator, he served as a U.S. attorney and a state attorney general.

The letter also noted Sessions’ role in co-authoring the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. According to the 24 attorneys general, Sessions’ role in this bill, which President Obama signed into law, showcases his fairness and his ability to work with bipartisan groups.


“I have known Sen. Sessions for more than 20 years and am convinced he possesses the right combination of legal experience and judgment to lead the U.S. Justice Department,” Strange said. “I am proud to support his nomination."


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