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Sen. Jeff Sessions

Republican from Alabama

Update (1/20/2012): SOPA and PIPA have been indefinitely postponed; see statements by Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Lamar Smith.


Stance on PIPA
Years served in Senate
% Votes with Party
Phone 202-224-4124
Fax 202-224-3149
Office 326 Russell Senate Office Building
Official homepage

Financial Contributions by Industry

This reported campaign contributions information comes from the OpenSecrets/Center for Responsive Politics API (read more about their campaign-contributions-per-industry API). You can also visit the OpenSecrets profile for Sen. Sessions.

Industry Election Cycle Amount
Computers/Internet 2010 $3,000
2008 $31,200
TV/Movies/Music 2010 $1,000
2008 $40,500

Timeline: Sen. Sessions and PIPA

A list of statements and legislative actions made by Sen. Sessions relating to PIPA. Contact us at sopa[at] if you have additions or corrections.

Jan 18, 2012 Email from staffer
Emails from Sarah Haley, press secretary for Sen. Sessions: "Your website states that Senator Sessions supports S.968, the Protect IP Act. However, your information is incorrect, as he has not yet taken a position on the bill. You may be interested to know that he, along with Sens. Grassley, Hatch, Cornyn, Coburn and Lee, sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid asking that consideration of the bill be delayed until all relevant concerns are addressed."

"...And just to clarify, Senator Sessions does not support moving to the bill as drafted at this time."

Editors note: Sen. Sessions was initially marked as a supporter of PIPA because of his previous sponsorship of COICA. Based on his letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid urging a delay to voting on PIPA, he will be considered by our methodology to be "leaning no."
Source: Sarah Haley, press secretary for Sen. Sessions
Jan 13, 2012 Co-signed letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging a delay in cloture vote.
"Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights. Moreover, in light of potential cybersecurity implications, we believe hearing from the Administration and relevant agencies is imperative. As always, our current fiscal crisis demands we carefully consider legislation that would cost taxpayers up to $43 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. These are serious issues that must be considered in an deliberative and responsible manner. This underscores the need to resolve as many outstanding concerns as possible prior to proceeding to floor consideration."
May 26, 2011 Votes to move PIPA out of committee
Part of unanimous vote of approval by Senate Judiciary committee to move PIPA forward.
Nov 18, 2010 Votes to move COICA out of committee
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to move COICA forward.

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