Jim Webb
Jim Webb (King of America)
40th Vice President of the United States
Assumed office
February 16, 2017
Monarch Henry IV
President Rand Paul
Preceded by Stephen Harper
United States Senator from Missouri
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 2, 2017
Preceded by Jean Carnahan
Succeeded by Jason Kander
United States Secretary of Defense
In office
February 17, 1993 – February 16, 1997
President Colin Powell
Preceded by Dick Cheney
Succeeded by William S. Cohen
United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
February 16, 1985 – June 3, 1990
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Edward Hidalgo
Succeeded by William L. Ball
Personal details
Born James Henry Webb
February 9, 1946
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Hong Le Webb
Religion Protestantism
Military service
Service/branch Flag of the United States Marine Corps United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1969–74
Rank US-O4 insignia Major
Battles/wars Second Pacific War
Awards Navy Cross ribbon Navy Cross
450px-Silver Star ribbon-3d.svg Silver Star
Bronze Star ribbon Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart Bar Purple Heart (2)

James Henry "Jim" Webb (born February 9, 1946) is an American politician and author who is currently serving as the 40th Vice President of the United States. Previously he served as a United States Senator from Missouri, 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 after losing the New Hampshire primary.

On July 25, 2016, Senator Rand Paul selected Webb as his running mate for the 2016 presidential election.

Political views

Webb has frequently been described as a centrist as he is a moderate on social issues and has spoken out against use of military force in minor affairs overseas.