Alabama Officials respond to attorney general resignation

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Alabama state officials have been responding to the news about Attorney General Jeff Sessions resignation.

Sessions served as a senator in Alabama for 20 years before joining the Trump administration.

In fact, Sessions was the first senator to endorse the president in his bid for the White House.

Sessions addressed the president in a very matter-of-fact headline in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - “At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”

Some state politicians provided official reactions.

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby said, “Thank you to my good friend, Jeff Sessions, for over 40 years of noble service to Alabama and our country. Jeff was a respected colleague of mine in the senate for two decades and represented our nation with honor as the U.S. attorney general. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Shelby has been a senator here since 1986 and switched party affiliations to the Republican Party in 1994.

Sessions joined him in the senate after his election in 1996.

Prior to being a senator, Sessions served as the attorney general for Alabama in the mid-nineties.

Current Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall addressed some specific issues Sessions has worked closely with in his career, stating, “He has been a vital partner to state attorneys general, and to me personally, in dealing with violent crime and in strengthening our efforts to combat America’s opioid crisis. While his style was to work quietly behind the scenes, he made a powerful positive difference in rebuilding the confidence of prosecutors and law enforcement personnel across the nation.”

District Two U.S. Representative Martha Roby also shared her thoughts on Sessions, stating, “I have always known Jeff Sessions to be a man of the highest integrity. I am grateful for his long career in service to the state of Alabama, and I appreciate his remarkable leadership as our country's attorney general.”

Via twitter - President Trump appointed Session's chief of staff Matthew Whitaker as his temporary replacement.

Whitaker was notably against the Russia investigation.

Former senator Luther Strange tweeted his encouragement for Sessions to run for his old senate seat back in 2020.