Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who jumped aboard the Donald Trump train long before the real estate mogul sewed up the Republican nomination, on Friday accepted the offer for attorney general.
Sessions, 69, who advised Trump on immigration during the bruising campaign, was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1981 to 1993 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2014.
Sessions was famously photographed in a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap at an August, 2015 Trump rally, and formally endorsed Trump on Feb. 28, 2016. His longtime spokesman, Stephen Miller, later joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser.
Should Sessions accept the post, it would be the first of Trump’s cabinet choices. Trump has named Republican National Committeechairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff and former Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon to a senior advisory post.
Of course, he would have to be confirmed by the senate, where Sessions’ Republican colleagues hold a majority and would be expected to affirm the choice.
Also Fox News reported that former Gen. Michael Flynn has been offered the position of National Security Adviser, a role that is not subject to the confirmation process.
The attorney general’s role would be the first of several Trump nominations expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Several candidates from the Republican bench – including many of Trump’s rivals for the GOP nomination, have been floated for roles in the incoming administration.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was believed to have been in the running for the attorney general position, and other prominent Republicans, including Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach have been floated as possible cabinet choices.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Mitt Romney over the weekend. Romney ran for president in 2008 and 2012 and was a fierce and vocal critic of Trump from the sidelines over the last year. Speculation that Romney is in the mix for secretary of state has been reported, but the president-elect’s team has not confirmed what the two will discuss.