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Jim Webb

Jim Webb
Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 9, 1946(age 70)
Place of birthSaint Joseph, Missouri
Birth nameJames Henry Webb, Jr.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(1) Barbara Samorajczyk (div.)
(2) Jo Ann Krukar (div.)
(3) Hong Le Webb
ChildrenAmy Webb Hogan
Sarah Webb
Katie Webb
Jimmy Webb
Katie Webb
Julia Webb
Georgia LeAnh Webb
ResidenceFalls Church, Virginia
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy (B.S.)
Georgetown University (J.D.)
ProfessionU.S. Marine
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1968 � 1972
RankFirst Lieutenant
UnitDelta Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsNavy Cross
Silver Star
Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart (2)
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2007
Serving with Mark Warner
Preceded byGeorge Allen
66th United States Secretary of the Navy
18th Secretary under the DoD
In officeMay 1, 1987 - February 23, 1988
PresidentRonald Reagan
Succeeded byWilliam L. Ball
Preceded byJohn Lehman
1st Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
In officeMay 3, 1984 - April 10, 1987
Succeeded byStephen Duncan
Preceded byNone (new office)

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James Henry "Jim" Webb, Jr. (born February 9, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Virginia. He is also an author and a former Secretary of the Navy. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Webb served as a Marine Corps infantry officer until 1972, and is a highly decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. During his four years with the Reagan administration, Webb served as the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, then as Secretary of the Navy.

Webb won the Democratic nomination for the 2006 Virginia Senate race by defeating Harris Miller in the primary, then won the general election by defeating the Republican incumbent George Allen. Webb's thin margin in the general election (less than 0.5%) kept the outcome uncertain for nearly two days after polls closed on November 7, 2006, and provided the final seat that tilted the Senate to Democratic control. On his sixty-fifth birthday, he announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012, saying that he does not want to spend his whole life in politics, and that he wants to return to the private sector.

Webb is also an author of many books, stating that "I've written for a living all my life, so writing is as much a part of me as working out."

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