Robert J. Bentley

Alabama AG sworn in to replace Jeff Sessions

Republican Luther Strange, Alabama's attorney general, was sworn in on Thursday to fill the Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions, tapped by President Donald Trump to be the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, administered the oath to Strange, a well-connected Republican and former Washington lobbyist. Attorney General Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama were at Strange's side in the well of the Senate, and applause filled the chamber after the oath.

Strange joins the Senate after Sessions' confirmation as U.S. attorney general Wednesday night. The 63-year-old lawyer has been the state's attorney general since 2011. His selection caps...