- Date of Birth:
- February 9, 1946
- St. Joseph
Jim Webb (born James Henry Webb, Jr. on February 9, 1946 in St. Joseph, Missouri) is an American politician. Jim grew up in a military family, traveling across the country as a boy. He finally graduated high school in Bellevue, Nebraska, before attending the University of Southern California on a Naval Reserves Officers Training Corps scholarship. Jim was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1964, graduating in 1968. He retired from the Marine Corps due to injuries suffered in the Vietnam War. Jim enrolled in Georgetown University’s law school, graduating with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975. Jim’s early political career includes serving on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. He served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the 1980s, and the Secretary of the Navy from 1987 to 1988. Jim remained active in politics but ran actual first campaign in 2006. Jim challenged Senator George Allen for the Virginia Senate seat and won. He announced in 2011 that he wouldn’t run for re-election. On July 2, 2015, Jim announced he would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president for the 2016 election. After a less than stellar showing at the first debate,Jim announced his withdrawal from the Democratic primary on Oct. 20. He will reportedly run as an independent.
Best Known For:
Jim Webb is best known as an American politician, serving as a Senator for Virginia from 2007-2013 and for running in the 2016 Presidential election.
Jim was first married to Barbara Samorajczyk. They have one daughter together, named Amy. They divorced in 1979 and in 1981, Jim married Jo Ann Krukar. They have three children together: Sarah, Jimmy and Julia. Jim and Jo Ann split and he married Hong Le Webb, a Vietnamese-American lawyer, in 2005. They have a daughter, Georgia LeAnh.