Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Senator Jeff Sessions and Governor Frank Keating endorse Brownlee

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL, and former Governor Frank Keating, R-OK, have agreed to host a fundraising event for John Brownlee's Campaign for Attorney General. The event will be held on May 5, 2009, at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, located at 1010 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC. The invitation is attached to this Brownlee Report. Sen. Sessions and Governor Keating are strong social and fiscal conservatives who both served as United States Attorneys for President Ronald Reagan.

Senator Jeff Sessions is one of the great conservative leaders in America. Sen. Sessions served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Attorney General of Alabama, and is currently in his fourth term as a U.S. Senator from Alabama.

Sen. Sessions grew up in Hybart, Alabama. After attending school in nearby Camden, Sessions, an Eagle Scout, worked his way through Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1973. Sessions served in the United States Army Reserve from 1973 to 1986, attaining the rank of Captain.

Following a two-year stint as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977), President Reagan appointed Sen. Sessions in 1981 as the United States Attorney for Alabama's Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state's chief law enforcement officer until 1997, when he was elected to the United States Senate.

As a United States Senator, Sessions has focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, and providing tax relief to stimulate economic growth and empower Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Governor Frank Keating is one of the most respected conservative leaders in the United States. He served two terms as Governor of Oklahoma from 1995 - 2003 and is the only Republican in Oklahoma's history to serve two terms as Governor. Keating attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1966. He returned to Oklahoma and received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1969.

After law school, Gov. Keating began his career in law enforcement. Gov. Keating served as a Special Agent for the FBI. As a FBI agent, Keating was charged with investigating terrorism incidents and other criminal activity. Keating also served as an Assistant District Attorney. In 1973, Keating was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He would only serve a single term in the House, until 1975, when he was elected to the Oklahoma Senate. He would serve in the Senate from 1975 until 1981, winning reelection in 1978. While in the Senate, Keating rose to become the highest ranking Republican as the Senate Minority Leader.

In 1981, President Reagan appointed Keating to be the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Keating also served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and was later elevated to United States Associate Attorney General, the third ranking official within the United States Department of Justice. These appointments made Keating the highest ranking Oklahoman during the Reagan administration.

In 1995, Keating was elected Governor of Oklahoma. Within three months of taking office, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, in which the lives of 168 Oklahomans were lost and over 800 people were injured. The blast destroyed or damaged more than 300 buildings in the surrounding area, leaving several hundred people homeless and shutting down offices in downtown Oklahoma City. Gov. Keating responded with great strength and leadership in the wake of that horrible national tragedy.

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