|United States Senator from Illinois|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Dick Durbin|
|United States Secretary of Defense|
February 17, 1993 – February 16, 1997
|Preceded by||Dick Cheney|
|Succeeded by||William S. Cohen|
|United States Secretary of the Navy|
February 16, 1985 – June 3, 1990
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Edward Hidalgo|
|Succeeded by||William L. Ball|
|Born|| James Henry Webb|
February 9, 1946
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Hong Le Webb|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1969–74|
|Battles/wars||Second Pacific War|
|Awards|| Navy Cross|
Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart (2)
James Henry "Jim" Webb (born February 9, 1946) is an American politician and author who is currently serving as a United States Senator from Illinois. Previously he served as the Secretary of Defense under President Colin Powell and Secretary of the Navy under George H. W. Bush.
Webb's career in public service began in 1968 when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps days after the outbreak of the Second Pacific War and became an officer the following year. Webb served in combat roles in the Southeast Pacific and saw action during the invasion of Indochina; where he earned both of his Purple Hearts. Webb was moved to service at the Pentagon in 1972 and was honorably discharged in 1974 as a Major.
On June 3, 2015, Webb declared his candidacy for President of the United States, however withdrew on February 15, 2016.