Shortly after the first day of Sen. Jeff Sessions‘ confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, his Alabama colleagues were signing his praises saying the senator handled himself well and would make for a great attorney general.
Here’s what the Alabama delegation had to say:
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby:
While it was a long day of questioning, Senator Sessions was well-prepared and represented the state of Alabama admirably. Throughout today’s hearing, Jeff handled himself with the same humility and patience that has earned him the deep respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
I am proud to call Jeff Sessions a dear friend and look forward to continuing to give him my unwavering support throughout the nomination process. He is a man of great integrity who will apply the law fairly to all Americans, and I have no doubt that he will be confirmed by the Judiciary Committee as well as the full Senate.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
Senator Sessions’ ethical nature, dedication to public service, and commitment to the rule of law shined throughout his confirmation hearing today. He showed great poise and a deep understanding on a wide range of important issues. The petty political attacks on his character fell flat, and Senator Sessions just further indicated why he is the perfect choice to lead the Justice Department.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
Senator Sessions really knocked it out of the park today. He was fully prepared and poised in the face of some pretty tough questioning. I’m glad that the American people are finally seeing in Jeff Sessions the principled, fair-minded leader that Alabamians have known for many years.
I have no doubt the Senate will ultimately confirm Jeff Sessions as the next Attorney General of the United States.
Alabama 3rd District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers:
Today, the country saw what we in Alabama have known for many years – Jeff Sessions is a man of great character. Jeff’s steady and honest performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee is exactly what I’d expect from him. His knowledge of the law is unmatched. He respects the rule of law, and as Attorney General he will bring integrity to the Department of Justice. I am proud to call Jeff a colleague and friend.
Alabama 4th District U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt:
Senator Sessions did a fantastic job today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. His knowledge of the law, his commitment to upholding the law, and his desire for justice was on full display today. He demonstrated what the people of Alabama already know, that he will make a great United States Attorney General.
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
Senator Jeff Sessions made the State of Alabama proud with his display of honor and dignity during today’s U.S. Senate Attorney General confirmation hearing. I have been fortunate to know Senator Sessions for more than 20 years and admire him as a dedicated public servant of strong moral character, committed to upholding the rule of law.
Today, Senator Sessions promised to restore respect and support for America’s law officers, protect religious freedoms across the country, and enforce federal immigration laws. President-elect Donald Trump selected the right man to serve as America’s next United States Attorney General and I look forward to his expeditious confirmation.
Alabama 6th District U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer:
I have always believed that Senator Jeff Sessions would make an excellent United States Attorney General. Today Senator Sessions showed the American people his outstanding record and that he is a man of deep and unwavering integrity. I am confident the Senate Judiciary Committee will come together and favorably report Senator Sessions’ appointment to be the next Attorney General. Under Senator Sessions’ leadership, the Department of Justice will uphold and enforce the laws and the Constitution.
The Committee will reconvene Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET to resume its confirmation proceedings. No more testimony is expected from Senator Sessions himself. Live coverage of the hearing is available on Alabama Today.