Jim Webb (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1946, Jim Webb is an Emmy Award wining journalist, author, filmmaker and former U.S. Senator. A Vietnam veteran, Jim Webb was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism, the second highest honor in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in 1969, before leaving the military as a result of injuries sustained in the Vietnam conflict.
Announcing his running for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidency in July 2015, Jim Webb withdrew from the race in October 2015, citing personal discomfort with many of the Democratic Party’s political positions.
A military man from a military family, Jim Webb has been particularly passionate about veterans’ affairs. From 1977 to 1981, Webb was employed on the staff of the U.S. House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs. During this time he also represented veterans pro-bono and successfully campaigned in 1982, to have an African American soldier added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
Later during the Regan administration, Jim Webb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve affairs, before rising in 1987, to become Secretary of the U.S. Navy. Being a Naval Academy graduate, Jim Webb became the first civilian head of the Navy before resigning in 1988, after refusing to reduce the size of overall U.S. Naval forces.
Deciding to enter the race for the U.S. Senate in 2006, after a late 2005 online campaign for him to do so, Jim Webb was pit against incumbent Virginia Senator George Allen. However, despite less than 1% between them after the final vote, Allen ceded the election to Webb without seeking a recount.
Proactive in his approach to his time in the Senate, Jim Webb used his very first day in the house to present his Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act. Later delegated to give the Democratic response to President Bush’s 2007 State of the Union address, Jim Webb drew attention to issues regarding the U.S. economy and the state of the then ongoing war in Iraq.
More markedly during Jim Webb’s time in the Senate, he was instrumental in restoring U.S. diplomatic relations with Burma, as well as filing the Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009, targeted at reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.