Meet Luther Strange, Alabama’s Newest U.S. Senator

Luther Strange at a campaign appearance
Gov. Robert Bentley (R-AL) announced Thursday he had selected Alabama state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General a day earlier, in the United States Senate. “This is truly a remarkable time in our state’s history,” Bentley said in a press statement. “Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities that will make him a strong conservative Senator for Alabama.” Strange’s appointment isn’t without some controversy. Bentley is embroiled in a scandal over what he admitted to being an “inappropriate” relationship with former top aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason. That relationship has led to multiple investigations, including one by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee and another by Strange’s state attorney general’s office. Last November, Strange asked the House Judiciary Committee to call off a query into impeachment against Bentley on the grounds his office was conducting a similar investigation. His appointment by Bentley has raised questions about that possible conflict of interest.