Alabama’s Sessions Named Top Judiciary Republican


Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama conservative, will assume the top Republican position on the Judiciary Committee, making him the chief voice of the opposition in summer confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the New York Times reports. Sessions, who himself was blocked by the committee in for a judgeship nomination in 1985, fills the vacancy created by the switch to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter.

Sessions will serve as the ranking member through 2010 and then relinquish the post to Charles Grassley of Iowa. Sessions was not one of the senators called yesterday by Obama, but the president did call Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, a former chairman of the committee who is prohibited by term limits from taking the top slot.

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