Mary Blackshear Sessions is the wife of nearly 50-years of Sen. Jeff Sessions. Her husband who serves as the Senator for Alabama is also the nominee for attorney general by Donald Trump.
Mary’s husband was born Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III on December 24, 1946 in Selma, Alabama. He attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama.
Sessions is a former United States Army Reserve Captain and is the current Chairman of two Senate subcommittees: Immigration and the National Interest, and Strategic Forces.
Before becoming a senator in 1997, Jeff had a distinguished legal career, as a practicing attorney in first Russellville, Alabama, and later in Mobile.
In 1981 Sessions was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. He had previously served a two-year period as Assistant United States Attorney. Jeff Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate.
The veteran senator from Alabama was re-elected to the Senate for a fourth term in 2014.
Sessions has been the recipient of numerous awards including: the American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence, among others.
The 70-year-old has been married to Mary Blackshear Sessions since 1969. Read more interesting facts about her below.
1. She is also from Alabama.
Mary Blackshear was born in Montgomery and raised in Gadsden, Alabama.
2. The couple met while attending Huntingdon college in Alabama.
Mary was an active member of Huntingdon College’s Young Republicans. She also participated in the Huntingdon Christian Council, Westminster Fellowship, Social Standards Board, and the International Club.
3. She is a former teacher
While her husband attended the University of Alabama, Mary Blackshear Sessions taught in Tuscaloosa, Reform, and Montgomery schools.
4. She is the mother of three adult children and has ten grandchildren.
The couple welcomed three children Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions Walk, and Sam.
She is also a proud grandmother to seven granddaughters, Jane Ritchie, Alexa, Gracie, Sophia, Hannah, Joanna, and Phoebe and three grandsons, Jim Beau, Lewis, and Nicholas.
5. She is into charity.
Mary is an active member CHERUBS, a charity dedicated to helping families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Congenital Heart Defect.
She also serves in the prayer shawl ministry for her church and as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Senate Spouses Club, the Congressional Club, the Republican Congressional Spouses, and the Advisory Committee of Congressional Families Cancer Prevention.