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|
|Birthday||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 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 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-Present: 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
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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
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.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Webb has voted with the Democratic Party 91.8% of the time, which ranked 37 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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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.
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- Gov Track "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
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets "2006 Race: Virginia Senate," Accessed November 26, 2011
- LegiStorm "Jim Webb"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Webb, (D-VA), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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