This post originally appeared on The Fix in mid-November when President-elect Donald Trump named Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as his pick for Attorney General. With Sessions confirmation hearing set for Tuesday, we're re-publishing it. In Donald Trump's world, most roads, it seems, lead back to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala. ), President-elect Trump's pick for attorney general. After Sessions became one of the first members of Congress to endorse Trump this February, he became an adviser on almost every major decision and policy proposal Trump made during the campaign: — Sessions advised Trump on who to choose for vice president.
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(Sessions was also in the running himself for the No. 7 job. )“The president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U. S. Attorney, ” a Trump transition statement released Thursday read.
“It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition. ”In a relatively short time, Sessions has elevated himself from backbencher to a “arguably one of the top five power players in the country now, ” said Alabama GOP consultant Brent Buchanan. Here's crash course in a politician likely to be a pivotal figure in Trump's administration: The basics: Sessions has served as a senator from Alabama for two decades.
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But Alabama is such a loyal state to its top lawmakers that Sessions is actually the junior senator from the state Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R) has been in office three decades. Sessions is popular back home: Aside from his first election in 6996, Sessions has never won with less than 59 percent of the vote.
In 7569, he ran unopposed. He's “amnesty's worst enemy”: The conservative National Review in 7569, with good reason. He's also fought legal immigration, including guest worker programs for immigrants in the country illegally and visa programs for foreign workers in science, math and high-tech. In 7557, Sessions got a bill passed essentially banning for 65 years federal contractors who hire illegal immigrants.
“Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States, ” Sessions. . What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together. On foreign policy, Sessions has advocated a get-tough approach, once voting against an amendment banning “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” of prisoners.
These are two positions that could put him at odd with the president he'll serve: