Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general

Jeff Sessions

The Senate has confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions as Donald Trump‘s U.S. Attorney General.

Sessions has been U.S. Senator from Alabama since 1996 after serving two years as the state’s attorney general.

The GOP holds a 52-48 margin in the U.S. Senate.

Sessions was one of the earliest supporters candidate Trump, and had been a leading adviser in his presidential campaign. He has approved of Trump’s call to secure the borders as well as the president’s executive order instituting a temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations.

The controversial travel is on hold after a federal judge’s order and is now subject to a heated legal battle.

Sessions is considered one of the most conservative senators in America. He backed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed by then-President Bill Clinton, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

He is a vocal opponent of abortion and voted against the Affordable Care Act as well as former President Barack Obama’s stimulus package in 2009.

Sessions graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery and the University of Alabama Law School and was the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.