Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday.
Bentley selected Strange to fill the seat Sessions vacated after he was confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general Wednesday evening and was sworn in by President Donald Trump.
Strange was first elected as Alabama’s attorney general in 2010 and was reelected in 2014.
“I am greatly honored and humbled to accept the appointment to Alabama’s Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions,” Strange said in a statement released by Bentley’s office. “Senator Sessions’ commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill. I pledge to the people of Alabama to continue the same level of leadership as Jeff Sessions in consistently fighting to protect and advance the conservative values we all care about.”
Strange will join two of his former state attorneys general colleagues in the Senate, U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who were just elected to the higher office in November.
ACA International works closely with state attorneys general through the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Democrat Attorneys General Association. The members of the Gulf States Collectors Association have also worked closely with Strange during his tenure as the state’s top legal officer.
The appointment of Strange creates a vacancy at the Alabama’s Office of Attorney General. That post will be filled by an appointee from the governor. Strange will serve in the U.S. Senate until a special election for the remainder of the term is held in 2018, according to the announcement from the governor’s office. The term officially ends in January 2020.
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