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Friday, the announcement came from Mr. Trump’s transition team via press release that the President Elect plans to nominate junior Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Here are 9 things to know him, his new position, and who he is replacing.

  1. Sessions was elected to serve as a Republican senator from Alabama in 1996.

  2. He has since been a supporter of major Republican legislative changes, including 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq war, and a national amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

  3. In 2007, Sessions was ranked as the 5th most conservative senator by National Journal.

  4. Mr. Sessions has been opposed to most Democratic leadership proposals including the Affordable Care Act, the stimulus bill, and repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

  5. He opposed all three of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.

  6. The Attorney General is a member of the Cabinet.  They serve as the head of the Department of Justice and is thus the chief law enforcement officer and lawyer for the federal government.

  7. The AG is the only cabinet position whose title is not “secretary.”

  8. This position was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, and the original intent for the position was “to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the president of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments.”

  9. Sessions is set to replace the current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was nominated to succeed Eric Holder in 2014.

    Danielle B
    Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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