When the history of the Trump presidency is written, one name that will feature prominently is Jeff Sessions. Sessions was a long-term senator of the United States before President Trump appointed him as Attorney-General in February 2017. His tenure lasted for nearly two years during which he endured a turbulent time.
Sessions was caught between the president, who wanted protection in the Russian probe, and Congress who wanted him to hands off. Want a more personal portrait of the former AG? We have got all the details right here.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was born on the 24th of December 1946 in Selma, Alabama. His father’s name was Jefferson Beauregard Jr while his mother’s name was Abbie Powe. Sessions attended Wilcox County High School where he obtained his high school diploma. After that, he also studied at Huntingdon College for his Pre-Law degree.
Sessions thereafter attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he obtained his J.D. in 1973. The future AG subsequently joined the United States Army Reserves in the year 1973. He remained in the reserves up until 1986 and rose to the position of captain.
Jeff Sessions commenced his career by practicing privately in various parts of Alabama. In 1975, he joined the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama as an assistant attorney. He held that post for six years until President Reagan put him in charge of the entire district in 1981. His term lasted for 12 years and he was asked to resign in 1993.
Jeff Sessions briefly went back to private practice before being elected the Attorney-General of Alabama in 1994. He remained in that position until he made a successful bid for senate in 1997.
After his first election victory, Sessions won re-election on three other occasions and spent a total of 20 years in the senate. During his time in the senate, he served on various committees including the committee on budget, the committee on environment and public works, committee on armed services and committee on the judiciary.
When it comes to his political ideology, Jeff Sessions is a staunch conservative. He opposes same-sex marriage as well as abortion. He also advocates for tougher immigration laws and border controls.
Family (Wife and Kids)
The former A.G. is married to Mary Blackshear Sessions. Mary is a native of Gasden, Alabama. She was born in the year 1946 and attended Huntingdon College. While in college. She was a very active student and joined various organisation such as the Huntingdon Christian Council.
On leaving college, Mary Blackshear Sessions built an accomplished career as a teacher. She taught in schools in various parts of Alabama and has since retired. Jeff Sessions and his wife met while they were both students at Huntingdon College. They subsequently commenced a relationship and tied the knot in 1969 or thereabouts.
Since then, the couple have remained supportive of each other. Mary has been by her husband’s side all throughout his decades of public service. She always attends his oath-taking ceremonies. She was also by his side when he was grilled by various congressional committees on the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Jeff Sessions and his wife have three kids together. They are daughters; Ruth Sessions Walk and Mary Abigail Reinhardt and a son named Sam. The former senator also has a total of ten grandchildren from his kids.
According to his obligatory financial disclosure, Jeff Sessions has a fortune of $7 million. His wealth stems from his salary earnings over the years as well as his pension (he receives a yearly pension of $60,520 as a former member of the senate).
Other sources of wealth for him includes investment in mutual funds and government bonds. Additionally, Sessions owns several properties including 1,600 acres of undeveloped land in Wilcox, Choctaw and Monroe Counties. He also owns three homes; one in Mobile and two in Washington D.C.
Sessions is 5 feet 2 inches (1.63m) tall and weighs 65kg. A cursory glance at the former AG will reveal that he is in good physical shape, for a man of his age. This is most probably due to years of physical exercise as well as good diet. Even though Sessions has not disclosed his fitness plan, there is no doubt that the former Army Reserve sticks to a disciplined routine.