Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is an American lawyer and politician. He has been the Attorney General of the United States, since 2017 and has been one of Donald Trump’s most discussed cabinet picks. He has been serving the U.S. Government since 1981 in one form or the other.
Having served earlier as the attorney general and as a senator from Alabama, he has had decades of political expertise under his belt. As of 2017, his net worth has been estimated at $8 million US dollars. Though his prior experience and wisdom could act towards the benefit of the White House, there is much mystery and controversy surrounding him.
Born on December 24, 1946, in Selma, Alabama, Sessions was the son of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Jr., a general store owner in Hybart, Alabama and later a farm equipment dealer and Abbie Powe. Both his parents were English, with some Scots-Irish ancestry. In 1964, Sessions became an Eagle Scout and he later went on to earn the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for his many years of dedicated service.
He completed his formal education from Wilcox County High School, nearby Camden and went on to complete his Bachelors in Arts from Huntingdon College in Montgomery. During his time in college, he was an active Republican and the president of the student body. Sessions alter went on to complete his higher studies at the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1973.
Jeff Sessions first entered private practice in Russellville and later moved on to Mobile. He has also an active military career, while still working in law, having served as a captain in the Army reserve in the 1970s. Session’s political career started in the year 1975 when he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
In the year 1981, his fortunes changed and were nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama by then-President Reagan, where he held his position for 12 years before Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, requested his resignation.
In 1981, his office filed charges against two KKK member for the killing of Michael McDonald. Though his office ended up not prosecuting the case, the two men were later convicted. In a very controversial case of 1985, Sessions prosecuted three African American community organisers in the Black Belt of Alabama, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s former aide Albert Turner, for voter fraud, alleging tampering with 14 absentee ballots, which incited charges of selective prosecution of black voter registration.
In the year 1996, Sessions won the Republican primary for US Senate and also the elected seat in November election. The same year, Alabama was sued by Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance after the state passed a law under Sessions that denied funding to the student organisations who advocated on behalf of homosexuality at public universities. Ultimately, the law was deemed unconstitutional.
Sessions were re-elected against the Democratic state auditor Susan Parker in 2002. In the year 2008, Sessions went on to win a third term by defeating the Democratic state Senator Vivian Davis Figures and has served there until his nomination as US Attorney General in 2017.
How much is Jeff Sessions Net Worth in 2017
The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit organisation estimated his net worth to be $8 million US dollars as of 2017. According to the Washington Post, the majority of his wealth is directed from his investments in the stock market, especially in real estate investment. He also owns about 1100 acres of land as inheritance and has an annual income of over $1 million, from the sale of timber on his land.
Jeff Sessions has never been elected into any Alabama political position with an approval rate of less than 57% and this shows the respect he has earned in his home state, but the same might not be said for the country. Though he has some highly conservative stances that are in stark contrast to his fellow politicians, he has shown his prowess as a widely acclaimed and successful politician.