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Sessions a distinguished public servant who will uphold the law

The Rule of Law is an indispensable cornerstone of the United States of America. It is often defined as the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.

Throughout our country’s history, and especially in recent times, we have seen that personnel has a profound effect our nation’s policy. It is therefore essential that we choose our high ranking government officials based on their proven ability to respect and conform to our laws.

With that in mind, I was greatly encouraged to see that President-elect Donald Trump will be nominating Senator Jeff Sessions to be our next Attorney General.

{mosads}Jeff Sessions is an Eagle Scout who has honorably served as a U.S. Army Reserve JAG Captain, a federal prosecutor, the Attorney General of Alabama, and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has continually demonstrated his ability and commitment to upholding the rule of law on every step of the way.

Sessions’ legal career began as a practicing attorney in his home state of Alabama. Following two-years of service as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years.

Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer and excelling in the enforcement of substantial civil rights cases.

In 1996, Sessions was elected to the United States Senate. During his time in the Senate, he has put substantial energy toward promoting law and order and empowering law enforcement officers and prosecutors to fairly and justly fight dangerous crime.

He sponsored legislation to shut down rogue internet pharmacies that distribute controlled substances without proof of identity, age, or prescription, and has supported cybercrime centers to fight the proliferation of online child pornography.

Together with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Sessions authored the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, which helped reduce and prevent sexual assault in prisons. In 2010, he joined with Senator Dick Durbin to unanimously pass the Fair Sentencing Act, which increased fairness in federal drug sentencing while also providing tougher penalties for hardened drug traffickers.

Most recently, as a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions is a leading advocate of confirming federal judges who follow the law and do not legislate from the bench. 

“Be prepared.” It’s the famous motto of the Boy Scouts, but it’s also a key element of success for the best lawyers in our country. Jeff Sessions is an Eagle Scout, a highly experienced prosecutor and a distinguished public servant with a demonstrated commitment to upholding the rule of law.  His nomination to become the next Attorney General of the United States is something we should all support.

Mark Brnovich is the Attorney General of Arizona. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona and as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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