Jim Webb (Virginia)

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Jim Webb
Jim Webb.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
Januar 3, 2013
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sUnited States Naval Academy
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Service/branchMarines
Years of service4
CitationsNavy Cross, Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1946
Place of birthSt. Joseph, MO
Websites
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.

Biography

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Career

  • 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

2011-2012

Webb is on the following Senate committees[3]:

Issues

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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.[4]

Elections

2006

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.[5]

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.[6]


Personal life

Webb lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Hong Le Webb, and children Amy, Jimmy, Sarah, Julia, Georgia, and step-daughter Emily.[2]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Chuck Robb
U.S. Senate - Virginia
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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