Bentley Taking Requests for Sessions' Seat

Nov 22, 2016

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is looking for recommendations on who to appoint to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' seat.

The governor recently asked the 400-plus members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee for their input on who should be appointed to fill Sessions' role, as he prepares for a likely spot as President-elect Donald Trump's U.S. Attorney General.

Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan says she is glad Governor Bentley is reaching out to state Republicans who have helped build the party, but she says the decision is ultimately up to the governor.

Bentley asked members of the committee to submit their recommendations by December 1.

A spokeswoman for Bentley says the governor's legal office is currently researching if an appointed senator would have to immediately run in a quickly-called special election, or if the appointed senator would serve and then run in 2018, when Sessions' term was originally set to end.