Mary Blackshear Sessions, Jeff’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jeff Sessions, alongside his wife Mary, is sworn in as Attorney General in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2017. (Getty)

Jeff Sessions, the attorney general of the United States, is being grilled by Congress this week after reports that he had a third undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Attorney General Sessions served as a U.S. senator from Alabama from 1997 to 2017. Before that, he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and then attorney general of Alabama.

Sessions is 70 years old and has been married to Mary Blackshear Sessions for nearly 50 years. Here’s what you need to know about the wife of Jeff Sessions.


1. They Met at Huntingdon College in Alabama 

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Huntingdon College is a liberal arts university in Montgomery, Alabama. (Huntingdon)

Jeff and Mary Sessions are both from Alabama, with Jeff being born in Selma and Mary born in Gadsden.

They met while attending Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama; Jeff and Mary were both members of the Huntingdon Class of 1969.

While there, Jeff and Mary were both active members of Huntingdon College’s Young Republicans. In addition, Mary participated in the Huntingdon Christian Council, Westminster Fellowship, Social Standards Board, and the International Club, according to Huntingdon College.

Mary Sessions was also inducted into Sigma Sigma Sigma, a women’s sorority. She evidently is quite proud of the fact that she is a graduate of Huntingdon.

“A Huntingdon enthusiast, Sessions frequently refers prospective students to Huntingdon and always makes Huntingdon visitors to our nation’s capitol feel welcome,” Huntingdon College’s website states.


2. She Has Worked as a Teacher in Tuscaloosa, Reform, and Montgomery

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Jeff Sessions and his wife Mary Blackshear Sessions arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Mary Blackshear Sessions has a background in teaching, and she taught in Tuscaloosa, Reform, and Montgomery schools while her husband was pursuing his law degree, according to Huntingdon College.

Jeff Sessions received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating in 1973.

Mary raised the couple’s three children and supported her husband behind the scenes as he moved into the world of politics in the 1990s.


3. She Teaches Sunday School in Mobile, Alabama

Jeff Sessions with his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions. (Facebook)

Jeff Sessions with his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions. (Facebook)

Mary Sessions continues to teach to this day, now teaching Sunday school at the Ashland Place United Methodist Church, according to Newsweek.

This church is located on Wisteria Ave in Mobile, Alabama.

Jeff Sessions himself also serves as a lay teacher and Sunday school teacher at the church, or at least he did when he was a U.S. senator, according to Faulkner University.


4. She & Jeff Have Three Children & 10 Grandchildren

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Jeff Sessions sits next to his wife Mary and their granddaughtr prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Mary Sessions and Jeff Sessions have three children together: Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions Walk, and Sam Sessions.

They also have 10 grandchildren: Jane Ritchie, Alexa, Gracie, Sophia, Hannah, Joanna, Phoebe, Jim Beau, Lewis, and Nicholas, according to Jeff Session’s Senate biography. 

During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January, his granddaughter was in attendance. She is of Asian descent, the daughter of Ruth Sessions Walk and John Walk.

Speaking of Sessions’ confirmation hearing, there was an amusing moment in the hearing involving his wife. Senator John Cornyn asked Sessions if he ever agrees with his wife. Sessions at first said no before realizing he was under oath.

“Wait a minute, I’m under oath,” Sessions said. “In occasion we do. Yes.”


5. She Is Active in CHERUBS, a Charity Supporting Families of Children Born With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

Mary Blackshear Sessions is the wife of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. (Facebook)

Mary Blackshear Sessions is active in the non-profit organization CHERUBS, also known as the Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support, according to Huntingdon College.

This charity is dedicated to supporting the families of children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Sometimes referred to as CDH, this is a birth defect of the diaphragm that can prevent proper lung development and that is often fatal.

In addition, Sessions is a member of the Advisory Committee of Congressional Families Cancer Prevention, a network of spouses of government employees dedicated to promoting the advancement of cancer research. The executive director is Lisa Murray McGovern, wife of Massachusetts Senator Jim McGovern.

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Anonymous Person

I wonder what she thought of her husband’s remark which blamed disabled students for causing all the problems in all school districts? Does that include the grandchild also? Are they going to lock him up under the stairs at home?

drbhelthi

The total remark, and discussion within which made, is somewhat deeper than your superficial, rather distorted comment.

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