Jim Webb (Virginia)
|U.S. Senate, Virginia|
|Bachelor's||United States Naval Academy|
|J.D.||Georgetown University Law Center|
|Years of service||4|
|Citations||Navy Cross, Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts|
|Date of birth||February 9, 1946|
|Place of birth||St. Joseph, MO|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Webb was born in Missouri and graduated from high school in Nebraska. After a year at the University of Southern California, Webb went on to the United States Naval Academy. When he graduated in 1968, he enlisted with the Marines, with whom he served until 1972. As a Marine, Webb was deployed to Vietnam, where he earned the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. Webb has written nine books, and received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Marines in Beirut. He also went to Afghanistan in 2004 as an embedded journalist.
- 1968-1972: U.S. Marine Corps commander
- 1978-Present: Writer and journalist
- 1977-1981: Counsel to U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs
- 1984-1987: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
- 1987-1988: Secretary of the Navy
- 2004: Embed journalist in Afghanistan
- 2006-2013: U.S. Senator
Webb served on the following Senate committees:
- Committee on Foreign Relations
- East Asia & Pacific Affairs Subcommittee Chairman
- Committee on Armed Services
- Personnel Subcommittee Chairman
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Joint Economic Committee
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Webb is a Centrist. Webb received a score of 46 percent on social issues and 46 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Opposes|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Opposes|
|Prioritize green energy||Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Webb voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
Former Senator Webb announced the formation of an exploratory committee on November 19, 2014, to determine if he should run for the 2016 presidency. There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.
Webb released a 14 minute video and a four page letter on his committee website explaining his history, national concerns and thoughts on possibly campaigning in 2016.
On November 7, 2006, Webb won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent George Allen (R), Glenda Gail Parker (Independent Green), and a write-in.
|U.S. Senate, Virginia, 2006|
|Democratic||James H. "Jim" Webb||49.6%||1,175,606|
|Republican||George Allen Incumbent||49.2%||1,166,277|
|Independent||Glenda Gail Parker||1.1%||26,102|
Webb won election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Webb's campaign committee raised a total of $8,529,224 and spent $8,461,970.
|U.S. Senate, Virginia, 2006 - Jim Webb (Virginia) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$16,850,512|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$16,914,554|
|Top contributors to Jim Webb (Virginia)'s campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Webb paid his congressional staff a total of $2,822,568 in 2011. He ranked 17th on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 21st overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranked 13th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Webb's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,313,190 and $10,949,997. That averages to $6,131,593.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Webb ranked 44th in the liberal rankings in 2011.
Voting with party
Webb voted with the Democratic Party 91.8 percent of the time, which ranked 37 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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- GovTrack, "Jim Webb," accessed March 3, 2012
- Roll Call, "Webb Won’t Seek Re-Election," accessed February 18, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Jim Webb," accessed October 12, 2011
- Official Senate website, "About page," accessed October 12, 2011
- Official Senate website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 12, 2011
- On The Issues, "James Webb Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- Politico, "Jim Webb launches 2016 committee," November 20, 2014
- United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
- Webb 2016, "Main page," accessed November 21, 2014
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "2006 Race: Virginia Senate," accessed November 26, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Jim Webb"
- OpenSecrets, "Webb, (D-VA), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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