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Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker

James Henry Webb
Born: February 9th, 1946  (age 71)
Jim Webb is a rare breed in Washington, a politician who has claimed both parties and who believes in bi-partisan solutions. Webb served in the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and the Secretary of the Navy. Most recently, he served as a Democratic Senator from Virginia from 2007 until 2013.

Webb is a native of Missouri and grew up in a military family. This led him to pursue a military career and after a year at the University of Southern California, he earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Webb served in Vietnam as a Marine Platoon Commander and he received a Navy Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

After Vietnam, Webb pursued a career in law and wrote the first of many books. Webb quickly developed a reputation as a veteran’s advocate and would often represent veterans pro bono. Webb’s tenure in the Reagan Administration allowed him to actively work on behalf of the military and of veterans, and he worked to reverse the low morale that had infiltrated the Marine Corps since the Vietnam War. His tenure as Secretary of the Navy came to an end when he resigned after refusing to support the policy of reducing the size of the US Navy.

After leaving official Washington, Webb concentrated on his writing, and he was often consulted for his opinion on current military matters and candidates running for office. Forever the independent-minded individual, Webb would evaluate each situation, primarily on how it would affect the military. He often spoke out against actions he felt were damaging to the military and he endorsed both Republican and Democratic politicians based on their positions vis-à-vis the military.

In 2006, in large part because of the situation in Iraq, Webb decided to challenge incumbent Senator George Allen of Virginia, in what many pundits considered a long-shot bid. Under most circumstances, the popular Allen would have easily won re-election, but two factors conspired to see Webb defeat Allen. First, it was anti-GOP year because of the unpopularity of George W. Bush and the Iraq War, and second because Allen was caught on videotape using an ethnic slur against an Indian-American student.

Webb served in the Senate from 2007 until 2013. During his tenure, he was a top advocate for the military, serving on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Foreign Relations. He also championed reforms in the Criminal Justice System.

Webb decided against running for a second Senate term and announced that he would not run for re-election in February 2011. He cited his frustration with the partisan gridlock that often prevented the Senate from major accomplishments.

Jim Webb announced his decision to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on July 2, 2015 with a blog post

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