Chuck Hagel   REPUBLICAN

U.S. Senator, State of Nebraska
 Chuck Hagel biography:
Senator Chuck Hagel is a Republican Senator from Nebraska serving his 2nd term in the U.S. Senate, having won reelection in 2002 with 83% of the vote. He currently serves on the Foreign Relations, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Intelligence, and Rules Committees.

Chuck Hagel was born on October 4, 1946 in North Platte, Nebraska. He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus, Nebraska, then went on to receive degrees from the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The Senator served in Vietnam with the Army's 9th Infantry Division in 1968, serving in the same unit as his brother. During his tour, Hagel received many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts.

In 1969, after returning from Vietnam, Hagel worked as a newscaster and talk show host with radio stations in Omaha, Nebraska. He then began his career in the political arena, serving as Congressman John Y McCollister's (R-NB) Administrative Assistant from 1971-1977. In 1977, Hagel moved on to become Manager of Government Affairs for Firestone in Washington, DC. President Ronald Reagan nominated Hagel to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration in 1981, a nomination confirmed by the Senate. Hagel was later (1982) the Deputy Commissioner General of the United States for the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN. In the mid 80s, Hagel co-founded Vanguard Cellular Systems, traveling the globe to sell the company's services. He then served as the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit). Hagel has also been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the World USO, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Council, President of McCarthy & Co (an investment firm based in Omaha), and served as Chairman of the Board of American Information Systems. He as also served on the Board of Trustees Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust and as the Chairman of the Agent Orange Settlement Fund.

Hagel"s involvement with civic and charitable organizations include such roles as being on the Board of Directors of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the 10th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Board of Directors and National Advisory Committee of the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Board of Directors of the Arlington National Cemetery Historical Society, Chairman of the Board of No Greater Love, Inc, the USO's World Board of Governors, and the World USO Chairman's Advisory Council. He also serves on the Board or Advisory Committee of numerous institutions, including the Institute of Politics at Harvard, International Republican Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations, among others, and as Co-Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.

Hagel is also a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Senator Hagel has also received many awards and honors, including the 2005 "Midlander of the Year" Award, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 2006 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, the 2006 Don Wagner Leadership Award, the 2005 Marlin Fitzwater Excellence in Public Communication, the 2005 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Public Service Award, the 2005 American Association of School Administrators Champion of Children Award, the National Parent Teacher Association's Outstanding Child Advocacy Award, the Committee for Education Funding's Special Recognition Award, the European Institute's Transatlantic Leadership Award, and the National School Board Association's Special Recognition Award. He also received the first annual Cordell Hull Award, the Vietnam Veterans of America Legislator of the Year Award, and the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award.

Senator Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter, Allyn, 16, and a son, Ziller, 14.

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