Alabama’s Sen. Jeff Sessions could be in line for cabinet seat in Trump Administration
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama U.S Sen. Jeff Sessions was the first senator to endorse Donald Trump.
Sessions made his endorsement during a Trump rally in Madison in late February.
Sessions was in Cleveland this summer giving the nominating speech for Trump at the Republican National Convention.
And on election night, when Trump enjoyed his greatest triumph, Sessions was in New York for the celebration.
Trump recalled Sessions loyalty during his victory speech early Wednesday morning.
“The first man, first senator, first major, major politician, and let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he’s as smart as you get: Senator Jeff Sessions. Where is Jeff?”
“Great man,” Trump said, as the crowd cheered Sessions.
Now that friendship may lead to a new job for Sessions, said WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown. Sessions was named Friday to an executive committee position on Trump’s transition team.
“I would be surprised if Sen. Sessions is not at least offered a cabinet appointment,” Brown said.
Sessions is the former Alabama Attorney General, and had been previously nominated for a federal judgeship. But Brown thinks he may have his eyes on a different role in a Trump Administration.
“There have been some rumors in national press, that the position he seeks is not attorney general, as one might speculate, but that he’d like to be secretary of defense,” Brown said.
That prospect is obviously tremendously appealing to Huntsville, Brown said.
“Certainly I would view Huntsville related interests as being in high cotton if it was Secretary of Defense Sessions,” Brown said.
If Sessions were to take a cabinet position that could set off a chain reaction of moves, including possibly some in North Alabama.
Gov. Robert Bentley has the authority to appoint a replacement to a sitting U.S. Senator but that is a temporary position. The law also requires the governor to set a special election. The election schedule would include primaries, a run-off date if needed and a general election.
WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown said current North Alabama area Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, could be a candidate. Brown said Brooks has the largest campaign war chest of any Alabama U.S. House member, nearly $1.2 million.
Brooks told WHNT News 19 he would like Sessions to stay in the U.S. Senate and serve as Trump’s floor leader, helping push through legislation.
“Personally I hope Jeff Sessions will stay in the United States Senate, he is irreplaceable there,” Brooks said.
He praised Sessions intellect and toughness and said Sessions had the unique ability to bring common sense to the lawmaking process.
But what if Sessions does move on?
“Well, it’s a position I would ponder,” Brooks said. “But there is a great sacrifice associated with being a United States Senator, that the general public doesn’t understand.”
Brooks said his four children and eight grandchildren all live in Madison County and he is able to enjoy time with them. Serving as a senator would regular travel around the state.
Brooks said he would weigh prospect if Sessions announces he’s joining the Trump administration.
Brown pointed out that if Brooks were to win a Senate seat, that would then mean a special election would be held to succeed him in the congressional district that includes Huntsville,