Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, who represents Alabama, is considered one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate. Known for his hard line on immigration, disdain for national debt and skepticism of climate change, Sessions, 69, was a front-runner for Donald Trump's cabinet from the time he endorsed the president in February 2016. On November 18, hailing Sessions as a "world-class legal mind", Trump nominated him for the position of Attorney General. In a 52-47 vote that was almost perfectly split along party lines, the Senate confirmed him on February 8; Sessions himself voted "present."

As a senator, Sessions never won less that 59% of votes in his home state, and in 2014 he ran unopposed.

He opposed almost every immigration bill put before Congress by the Obama administration. In a 2015 op-ed in the Washington Post, he said it was time for America to have "an honest conversation" on immigration policy and argued that the growing number of immigrants, including legal immigrants, has hindered the American middle class. "As a matter of federal policy – which can be adjusted at any time – millions of low-wage foreign workers are legally made available to substitute for higher-paid Americans," he wrote.

Sessions may butt heads with Trump over the national debt. He has argued that nearly-$20.0 trillion debt is crippling the U.S. economy, which will explode if Trump follows through with promises for aggressive tax cuts and up to $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.

Like Trump, Sessions has his reservations about climate change, which will help Trump's call to pull out of the Paris climate accords. In 2015 Sessions voiced his skepticism to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy, saying, "Carbon pollution is CO2, and that's really not a pollutant; that’s a plant food, and it doesn't harm anybody except that it might include temperature increases."

Sessions has been accused of racism throughout his career. In 1986 Thomas Figures, a black attorney who worked with Sessions, testified that Sessions had referred to him as "boy" more than once and quipped that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was "okay until I found out they smoked pot." Figures added that Sessions had called the ACLU, the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (founded by Martin Luther King Jr.) "un-American."

Democrats have been scathing of Sessions' views on minority groups. Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez said in a statement on November 18, "If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man."

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