Alabama Governor Narrows Search for Sessions Replacement

The search is down to six, including Aderholt

Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., is one of six choices to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., is one of six choices to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted February 3, 2017 at 2:43pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has narrowed the search for Sen. Jeff Sessions′ replacement as he is likely to be confirmed to the next Attorney General.

According to the Decatur Daily, among the potential replacements are Rep. Robert B. Aderholt; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs director Jim Bayard; former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.; state Sen. Del Marsh; state Rep. Connie Rowe and Attorney General Luther Strange.

Strange has already said he would run for election for the position. The possibility of him becoming Bentley’s choice has raised concerns. That is because late last year, Strange requested that the state House Judiciary Committee put a hold on its impeachment investigation of Bentley because the Strange’s office was conducing what it called “related work,” the Associated Press reported.

State lawmakers were considering articles of impeachment against Bentley because of the governor’s relationship with a former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Aderholt, who was just elected to his 11th term in the House, is an Appropriations Committee cardinal; he chairs the Agriculture Subcommittee.

He and Vice President Mike Pencewere neighbors in Virginia when Pence served in the House. Pence’s children also babysat Aderholt’s children.

The Senate is on track to consider Sessions’ nomination on the floor and confirm him next week.