By a vote of 52-47, Sessions was confirmed by party lines with the exception of lone Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin who joined his Republican colleagues in the vote.
Here’s what Alabama politicians are saying about Sessions’ confirmation:
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange:
Today, I join with the people of Alabama in offering our congratulations to Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as our United States Attorney General. Now the whole country will have the privilege of knowing the fine man that Alabamians have long come to admire and revere,” said Attorney General Strange.
As Alabama’s Attorney General, I am particularly grateful for the reprieve from federal overreach that states will surely be granted under Attorney General Sessions. Throughout my six years in this office, I have wrestled with the Justice Department on an endless number of oppressive federal policies stemming from a total lack of constitutional deference and respect for the states. I am confident that Jeff Sessions will do his part to restore the delicate balance between the states and the federal government that the Founders envisioned.
Jeff Sessions will enforce our nation’s laws with impartiality and unwavering fidelity to the Constitution. He will support and reinvigorate our law enforcement officers. As demonstrated throughout his 20 years of service in the Senate, he will never sacrifice principle for popularity.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne:
Jeff Sessions is going to make an outstanding Attorney General, and I could not be happier for him. As someone who has spent most of his career enforcing and defending the rule of law, I know Jeff will help restore law and order in our country. I hate to lose his leadership and advocacy in the Senate, but the United States is better off having Jeff Sessions as our Attorney General.
Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby:
Jeff Sessions is a great American who has served his state and nation admirably. There is no one more qualified to serve as Attorney General, and his confirmation by the Senate is a proud moment for Alabama and our country.
During the confirmation process, there were many unfair, untrue attacks on Jeff Sessions’ character – all in the name of politics. I know him to be a man of the highest integrity, and I have no doubt he will prove his critics wrong as he works in the best interests of all Americans as Attorney General of the United States.
Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks:
Although this confirmation should have come sooner, I am pleased the Senate today confirmed Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General under President Donald Trump. I look forward to his strict enforcement of our immigration laws, support for local law enforcement officers, protection of our Second Amendment rights, and adherence to the rule of law. I appreciate Jeff Sessions’ willingness to serve and have every confidence he will faithfully defend the Constitution and protect the rights of all Americans.