Now that Donald Trump has won the White House, promotions could be in store for his most loyal supporters, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Though not as visible on the campaign trail as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sessions was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of Trump’s presidential campaign, and could be offered a Cabinet position.
Sessions endorsed Trump in February, becoming the first senator to back the president-elect, and he also gave Trump’s nominating speech during the Republican National Convention.
Trump even named Sessions during his acceptance speech Wednesday, saying the longtime senator is a “great man” and is “highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you can get.”
Sessions, who holds a seat on the executive committee of Trump’s transition team, could be up for a few different positions.
Before becoming a U.S. senator, Sessions was the Alabama Attorney General, though serving as U.S. AG may not be the position he is looking for.
Sessions also may have his eye on becoming Secretary of Defense, and he faces significantly less competition from other Trump surrogates for that position.
The other Trump backer that could be up for the job, retired Army Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, is not eligible to take on the post for five more years due to his prior military service, leaving Sessions as one of the most qualified for the position among Trump’s inner circle.
Of course, if Sessions were selected for a Cabinet post, it could create a domino effect in Alabama politics.
If Sessions leaves the Senate, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley would get to appoint a temporary senator, though he also would have to set special election dates to find a permanent replacement.
The special election could draw more than a few candidates, including some of Alabama’s congressmen, and if one of them won the race to succeed Sessions, another special election would follow to choose their successor.