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Gov. Bentley congratulates Sen. Jeff Sessions on appointment to US Attorney General

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, gestures as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., speaks during a rally Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Madison, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions' potential rise as attorney general in the Trump administration sets off a political chain reaction in his home state of Alabama.

Power players - and longshot hopefuls- are already jockeying to be appointed to his seat.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has spoken with Sessions several times this week about his potential replacement. The governor will name someone to the Senate seat.

Bentley said Thursday that he wants the next senator "to be as conservative as Senator Sessions, to be very much like him."

The Republican governor says he also wants the person to support the agenda of incoming president Donald Trump.

A spokeswoman for the governor said this week that Bentley had already been approached by multiple people seeking the appointment.


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Full statement from Gov. Bentley:

“I wish to congratulate Senator Sessions on his appointment as United States Attorney General. I look forward to having conservative leadership in our Justice Department. Alabama enjoys strong representation in Congress and I want to ensure that continues upon the confirmation of Senator Sessions. He has served our state and our people with dignity and has been a bright example for conservative values. I will choose an appointee who shares those values and will work to further the agenda of President-Elect Trump, all while keeping Alabama first in his or her mind. This person must uphold the Constitution, value the rights of the Second Amendment, the rights of the states, support pro-life issues, implement a strong national security policy and support domestic job creation. I have spoken with Senator Sessions’ several times this week. We both agree that this is a remarkable time in our state’s history. I have already spoken today with ALGOP chairwoman Terry Lathan and told her that I will be asking members of the executive committee to submit names of those they feel are most qualified to serve as U.S. Senator. In the near future, I look forward to personally considering qualified candidates.”

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