“[Sessions] has served our state and our people with dignity and has been a bright example for conservative values,” said Bentley. “I will choose an appointee who shares those values and will work to further the agenda of President-elect Trump, all while keeping Alabama first in his or her mind. This person must uphold the Constitution, value the rights of the Second Amendment, the rights of the states, support pro-life issues, implement a strong national security policy, and support domestic job creation.”
Bentley made the statement Friday following the announcement Sessions was appointed to a cabinet position with the Trump Administration.
Should Sessions be confirmed, according to Alabama law Bentley would be tasked with appointing his replacement in the short term and setting a date for a statewide election to fill the vacant Senate seat.
According to Bentley, he’s spoken with with ALGOP chairwoman Terry Lathan and asked that members of the executive committee submit names of those they feel are most qualified to serve as U.S. senator.
“In the near future, I look forward to personally considering qualified candidates,” Bentley concluded.