Politics

Former Alabama Sen. Sessions Is New U.S. Attorney General

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after a break in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after a break in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is the new U.S. attorney general.

So what does that mean for his former neighboring state of Georgia?

“He is going to be … not extreme right, but he’s very conservative and I think most Georgia voters probably agree with his priorities,” said Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political professor at Kennesaw State. 

Swint is keeping a close eye on how Sessions approaches Georgia’s water wars, which the senator was involved with during his time in Congress.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what role he can play as attorney general with Georgia, Alabama and Florida, those lawsuits are heating back up,” he said. “It may be that he can tilt the scales towards Alabama, but you know, from our standpoint, hopefully not.”

The Georgia NAACP asked all of its members, organizations and corporate partners to block Sessions as attorney general.

Those efforts were in vain.

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