Doug Jones Rises to the Top of Biden’s Attorney General List

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones has emerged as the leading contender to be President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general, according to a report Tuesday by NBC News. Jones will be leaving the Senate in January, having lost his reelection bid to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville.

When asked Tuesday if he would accept the nomination from Biden if it were offered Jones declined to comment. “I’ve made a point of not commenting on any of the nomination process right now,” he said. “They’ve got a process that they go through, and hopefully they’ll wrap some of that up pretty soon. We’ll see how it goes.”

Biden also is said to be considering federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland and former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates for the position.

Jones is highly regarded for his track record on issues related to race and civil rights. As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama he prosecuted two former Ku Klux Klansmen for bombing the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. Four African-American girls were killed in that attack.

As a senator Jones guided through a bill to permanently fund historically black colleges and universities. That measure became law in December 2019. He also sponsored a bill requiring the public release of documents related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases.

The outgoing senator and President-elect have a long personal history. Jones introduced Biden, at the time a young senator, when he spoke at Jones’s Alabama law school. Several years later Jones worked with the Senate Judiciary Committee, which included Biden. Jones also was Alabama co-chair of Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign and helped raise money for his 2008 presidential bid.

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