Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tapped his state’s U.S. Attorney Luther Strange to fill the vacant seat left open by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, now Attorney General of the Department of Justice. Strange, a 63-year old lawyer and D.C. lobbyist, has served as Alabama’s U.S. Attorney since 2011.
According to the Associated Press, Strange targeted Sessions’ former seat last year and announced he would run for it, whether he received Bentley’s appointment or not.
“Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities that will make him a strong conservative Senator for Alabama,” Bentley said in a statement.