|About Mary Blackshear-Sessions
|Jeff Sessions 1969-Present
|Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions-Walk, Sam Sessions
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had enough political drama that could make an entire season of House of Cards. He’s been under a microscope since his hearing regarding the Russian probe. On the personal front, however, he’s doing great. The former Alabama senator is married to Mary Blackshear Sessions for almost five decades and going strong. She was seated right behind the Attorney General during his testimony before the House. Our Mary Blackshear Sessions wiki turns the spotlight on the woman who has been Jeff Sessions’ pillar of support.
She’s from the Same Hometown as Roy Moore
Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama and was the state’s senator from 1997 to 2017. When Sessions vacated office to serve as Attorney General of the United States, Roy Moore was in the running to be the next senator.
Incidentally, Moore hails from Gadsden, Alabama, the same town where Jeff Sessions wife grew up.
Mary Blackshear Sessions, age 71, is the same age as Moore. This has prompted some on social media to ask if she interacted with Moore in his early days.
The Sessions Met at College
She later moved to Montgomery to attend Huntingdon College where Sessions met her future husband. They both graduated in the class of 1969 and married the same year.
They were both active as members of the college’s Young Republicans. Jeff Sessions was pursuing his bachelor’s degree there while serving as the student body president of the Young Republicans.
Mary Blackshear Sessions was also active in the Huntingdon Christian Council, Westminster Fellowship, Social Standards Board, and the International Club. She was inducted in the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and was a Garland Bearer during May Day. She was also the senior representative on the All-Star Queen and Court for intramural football.
A proud alumnus, Sessions always recommends Huntingdon to prospective students and welcomes visitors from Huntingdon in Washington D.C.
The Huntingdon College National Alumni Board honored Sessions among other prestigious alumni.
She Is a Retired Teacher
While Jeff Sessions was in law school, his wife worked as a teacher. She taught in schools in Tuscaloosa, Reform, and Montgomery.
Sessions has since retired but continues to teach informally. She does her bit in her church community by teaching kids at Sunday School in Ashland Place United Methodist Church, in Mobile, Alabama.
Jeff Sessions also served as a Sunday School teacher before he became Attorney General.
Mary Blackshear Sessions’ Children and Grandkids
Mary and Jeff Sessions have three children—Mary Abigail Reinhardt, Ruth Sessions-Walk, and Sam Sessions. They also have 10 grandchildren named Jane, Alexa, Gracie, Sophia, Hannah, Joanna, Phoebe, Jim Beau, Lewis, and Nicholas.
While Jeff Sessions’ political career was on the rise, his wife was supporting and helping him every step of the way. At the same time, she was a hands-on mom to her children.
Ruth Session-Walk’s daughter is of Asian descent and an MTV host criticized Jeff Sessions for allegedly using her in the past to prove that he’s not racist.
Walk wrote a letter defending her father, which read, “I am so honored to be my father’s daughter. His accomplishments and job titles aside, I am just so proud of his extreme graciousness towards those that intended him harm. They were relentless and ruthless, and Dad complained not.
They spewed lies and hate, and Dad simply shrugged it off. They chose to attack him when he was not there to set the record straight. Yet, still, in his last chance to dish it right back at them, my Daddy simply wished his colleagues well and asked them to find hope (and progress) through reconciliation with those of the opposite viewpoint. I obviously still have a lot to learn from my Dad.”
Sam Sessions has four children and Mary Abigail Reinhardt is married to Commander Paul Reinhardt.
She Is Active in Non-Profit Organizations
Sessions’ philanthropy is often lauded. She’s most active in CHERUBS, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart defect.
That’s not the only venture she has a hand in. Mary Blackshear Sessions is a member of the Advisory Committee of Congressional Families Cancer Prevention, the Congressional Club, the Republican Congressional Spouses, the Senate Spouses Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and she serves in the Prayer Shawl Ministry at her church.
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