Last updated on: 12/30/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeff Sessions, JD Biography

Title:
84th United States Attorney General
Position:
Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Combat Violent Crime and Restore Public Safety before Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement,” justice.gov, Mar. 15, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 84th United States Attorney General, Feb. 9, 2017-Nov. 7, 2018
  • US Senator (R-AL), 1997-Feb. 8, 2017
  • Recipient, Reserve Officers Association Minuteman of the Year Award, 2000
  • Alabama Attorney General, 1995-1997
  • United States Attorney, Alabama’s Southern District, 1981-1993
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 1975-1977
  • Practiced law in Alabama
  • Former member, Senate Budget Committee, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Former Chair, Judiciary Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee of the Armed Services Strategic Subcommittee and of the US – Mexico Interparliamentary Group
  • Former member, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
  • Recipient, National Taxpayers Union Friend of the Taxpayer Award
  • Recipient, Watchdogs of the Treasury Golden Bulldog Award
  • Recipient, National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Recipient, Coalition of Republican Environment Advocates Teddy Roosevelt Environmental Award
  • Recipient, Alabama Farmers Federation Service to Agriculture Award
  • Education:
  • JD, University of Alabama, 1973
  • BA, Huntingdon College, 1969
  • Contact Info:
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    Other:
  • Born in Selma, AL, on Dec. 24, 1946
  • Selected as a delegate to the annual Alabama Methodist Conference since 1987
  • Served as lay leader and as a Sunday school teacher at his family’s church
  • Served as the Chairman of his church’s administrative board
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?