Jim Webb (Virginia)

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Jim Webb
Jim Webb.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
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) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Webb was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

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

Webb has chosen not to seek re-election in 2012, and will retire at the end of his current term.[2] There are currently eight candidates running in the June 12, 2012 primary.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5]


  • 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-Present: U.S. Senator

Committee assignments


Webb is on the following Senate committees[6]:




See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Webb has chosen to not seek re-election in 2012. Tim Kaine Courtney Lynch, and Julien Modica are currently seeking the Democratic nomination in the June 12, 2012 primary election. George Allen, Tim Donner, E.W. Jackson Sr., David McCormick and Jamie Radtke are seeking the Republican nomination.


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.[7]

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.[8]


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 ranks 17th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 21st overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 13th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[10]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Webb voted with the Democratic Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 37 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[11]

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Webb lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Hong Le Webb, and children Amy, Jimmy, Sarah, Julia, Georgia, and step-daughter Emily.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
George F. Allen
U.S. Senate - Virginia
Succeeded by