Remembering William S. Sessions
                Remembering William Sessions, Director (1930-2020)

Statement on the Passing of

William S. Sessions


We honor the memory of Judge William S. Sessions, who passed from our earthly presence today after decades of loyal service to our country.

As a respected lawyer, former federal judge and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bill will be well remembered for his devotion to family, to country and especially to the rule of law. 

I’m honored to have called Bill Sessions my friend. Having followed me in service at the FBI, I knew Bill Sessions as a man of integrity; he was deeply devoted to the men and women who serve the law and to those in enforcement who work tirelessly to protect it.


William H. Webster, June 12, 2020


Former FBI Director William Steele Sessions ( May 27,1930 – June 12, 2020) was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He served in the United States Air Force and then attended Baylor University, obtaining both a Bachelor’s of Arts and a law degree. He worked as an attorney in a law firm in Waco, Texas for ten years before being appointed as Chief of the Government Operations Section, Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he served until his appointment as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas in 1971. Three years later he became a Federal District Judge in El Paso, Texas. He resigned to become Director of the FBI in 1987. He was dismissed from this position by President Clinton in 1993 during a Department of Justice investigation into allegations of ethical improprieties.  Sessions returned to Texas at that time and served in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a partner with the international law firm of Holland and Knight.  He is survived by his four children William L., Pete, Mark, and Sara. 


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