SESSIONS, Jefferson Beauregard III (Jeff) (1946- )
Bio: SESSIONS, Jefferson Beauregard III (Jeff), a Senator from Alabama; born in Hybart, Ala., December 24, 1946; attended the public schools; graduated from Huntingdon College, Montgomery 1969; graduated from University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa 1973; admitted to the Alabama bar in 1973, and engaged in the practice of law in Russellville 1973-1975; served in the U.S. Army reserves, attaining the rank of captain 1973-1977; practiced law in Mobile 1977-1981; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama 1981-1993; Alabama Attorney General 1994-1996; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1996; reelected in 2002, 2008, and again in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
SHELBY, Richard C. (1934- )
Bio: SHELBY, Richard C., a Senator and a Representative from Alabama; born in Birmingham, Ala., May 6, 1934; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Alabama 1957; graduated, University of Alabama School of Law 1963; admitted to the Alabama bar in 1961 and commenced practice in Tuscaloosa; city prosecutor, Tuscaloosa 1963-1971; United States Commissioner, Northern District of Alabama 1966-1970; member, Alabama State senate 1970-1978; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; reelected to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1987; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1986, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004, and again in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; changed from the Democratic to the Republican Party in 1994; chair, Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001]), Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (One Hundred Eighth and One Hundred Ninth Congresses, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
SPARKMAN, John Jackson (1899-1985)
Bio: SPARKMAN, John Jackson, a Representative and a Senator from Alabama; born on a farm near Hartselle, Morgan County, Ala., December 20, 1899; attended the rural schools and helped on the family farm; during the First World War was a member of the Students Army Training Corps; graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1921 and from its law school in 1923; admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala.; instructor at Huntsville (Ala.) College 1925-1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, to November 5, 1946, when he resigned; majority whip in 1946; was reelected to the Eightieth Congress on November 5, 1946, and at the same time was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John H. Bankhead II for the term ending January 3, 1949; following the election resigned from the House of Representatives and began duties in the Senate November 6, 1946; reelected in 1948, 1954, 1960, 1966 and 1972 and served from November 6, 1946, to January 3, 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978; chairman, Select Committee on Small Business (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Ninetieth Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Eighty-sixth Congress), chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Ninetieth and Ninety-first Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Ninety-first and Ninety-third Congresses), Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses); representative of the United States to the Fifth General Assembly of the United Nations in 1950; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1952; died in Huntsville, Ala., November 16, 1985; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Ala.
SPENCER, George Eliphaz (1836-1893)
Bio: SPENCER, George Eliphaz, a Senator from Alabama; born in Champion, Jefferson County, N.Y., November 1, 1836; pursued classical studies; attended Montreal College, Canada; moved to Iowa; secretary of the State senate in 1856; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1857 and practiced; during the Civil War entered the Union Army as a captain, and when he resigned in 1865 was brevetted brigadier general for gallantry on the field; resumed the practice of law in Decatur, Ala.; appointed register in bankruptcy for the fourth district of Alabama 1867; upon the readmission of Alabama to representation in 1868 was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1872 and served from July 13, 1868, to March 3, 1879; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Military Affairs (Forty-fifth Congress); retired to his ranch in Nevada; died in Washington, D.C., February 19, 1893; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
STEWART, Donald Wilbur (1940- )
Bio: STEWART, Donald Wilbur, a Senator from Alabama; born in Munford, Talladega County, Ala., February 8, 1940; attended the Munford and Anniston public schools; graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1962, and from the University of Alabama law school 1965; admitted to the Alabama bar in 1965 and commenced practice in Anniston; served in the United States Army, first lieutenant 1965; United States magistrate 1967-1970; member, Alabama house of representatives 1970-1974; member, Alabama senate 1974-1978; elected in a special election on November 7, 1978, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to complete the unexpired term of James B. Allen ending January 3, 1981; served from November 8, 1978, until January 2, 1981; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980; is a resident of Anniston, Ala.
SWIFT, George Robinson (1887-1972)
Bio: SWIFT, George Robinson, a Senator from Alabama; born at Swift Post Office, Baldwin County, Ala., December 19, 1887; attended the public schools of Baldwin County, Ala., the University Military School, Mobile, Ala., and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; engaged in the lumber industry in Alabama; member, Alabama house of representatives 1931-1935; member, State senate 1935-1939; State highway director 1943-1946; appointed on June 15, 1946, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John H. Bankhead II and served from June 15, 1946, to November 5, 1946, when a successor was elected; was not a candidate for election to the vacancy in 1946; member, State senate 1947-1951; president of Southern Pine Association 1954-1955; president, Swift-Hunter Lumber Co., of Atmore, Ala.; retired and resided in Atmore, Ala.; died in New Orleans, La., September 10, 1972; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Atmore, Ala.