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Newly appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange speaks to the media during a press conference, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley said he will hand-deliver the letter appointing Strange to the U.S. Senate. He said that will enable Strange to be sworn in and put a "Republican vote" in the Senate Thursday afternoon. Strange called the appointment the "honor of his life." (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Luther Strange has replaced AG Jeff Sessions as Alabama senator


For the past 20 years, newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions served as the senator of Alabama. That changed, however, as soon as he took the oath of office on Thursday.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange, the sitting attorney general, to the seat. Insiders told the Washington Post that he has been groomed for this job for decades.

The 63-year-old will hold the seat until the 2018 elections come into play.

He's really tall

A former Tulane basketball player, Strange measures at 6-foot-9, earning him the nickname "Big Luther."

He's a true conservative

Strange embodies the values so closely woven throughout the mainstream Republican party. He's anti-Obamacare, anti-governmental regulations, and pro-coal. Not to mention, he's adamant about constituents' Second Amendment rights.

“He took a lot of stances that would make him popular with primary voters,” said Alabama GOP consultant Brent Buchanan.

He's been groomed for the Senate seat

Strange is a safe bet for the Republican party, which experienced some disunion following the rise of the Tea Party. To party members and business owners, Strange perfectly fits the conservative molding.

“He's tall, he's got the good-looking family, he's from the right part of the state (the richest part of Birmingham),” Buchanan said. “He has got in zero dust-ups publicly.”

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