Jim Webb (Virginia)

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Jim Webb
Jim Webb.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
Former Senator
In office
Bachelor'sUnited States Naval Academy
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Years of service4
CitationsNavy Cross, Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts
Date of birthFebruary 9, 1946
Place of birthSt. Joseph, MO
Office website
James "Jim" Webb (b. February 9, 1946) was a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Webb was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and served one term until 2013. Webb is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Webb was a "centrist Democrat."[1]

Webb chose not to seek re-election in 2012 and retired at the end of his current term.[2] Tim Kaine (D) won the election to succeed Webb.


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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4]


  • 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

Committee assignments


Webb served on the following Senate committees[5]:


On The Issues Vote Match

James Webb's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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.[6]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[7]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[6] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]



Former Senator Webb announced the formation of an exploratory committee on November 19, 2014, to determine if he should run for the 2016 presidency.[9] There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[10]


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.[11]


See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Webb did not seek re-election in 2012. Tim Kaine (D) defeated George Allen (R) in the general election.


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.[12]

U.S. Senate, Virginia, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames 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
     Write-in Unnamed 0.1% 2,460
Total Votes 2,370,445

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Webb's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

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.[13]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[15]

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.[16]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

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.[17]


Webb lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Hong Le Webb, and children Amy, Jimmy, Sarah, Julia, Georgia, and step-daughter Emily.[4]

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See also

External links


  1. GovTrack, "Jim Webb," accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Roll Call, "Webb Won’t Seek Re-Election," accessed February 18, 2012
  3. Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Jim Webb," accessed October 12, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Official Senate website, "About page," accessed October 12, 2011
  5. Official Senate website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 12, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 On The Issues, "James Webb Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  7. 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.
  8. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  9. Politico, "Jim Webb launches 2016 committee," November 20, 2014
  10. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. Webb 2016, "Main page," accessed November 21, 2014
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets, "2006 Race: Virginia Senate," accessed November 26, 2011
  14. LegiStorm, "Jim Webb"
  15. OpenSecrets, "Webb, (D-VA), 2010"
  16. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  17. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
George F. Allen
U.S. Senate - Virginia
Succeeded by
Tim Kaine