Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 2001
Member of the Berkeley City Council
1967 – 1970
Private First Class in the United States Marine Corps
1953 – 1955
April 6, 1937 (age 79) Oakland, California, U.S.
Politician, public servant
Richard Vernard Agee (born April 6, 1937) is an American public servant and politician that served as the 48th Vice President of the United States from 2005 until 2013. He was also the first African-American to hold the office. Prior to that he served for thirty years in the House of Representatives from 1971 until 2001. In 2012, he was defeated in a bid for the White House by then-Governor John Hansen.
Agee was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, City Council. Agee was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California. Though his politics earned him a place on President Nixon's enemies list.
During his career in Congress, he fought the MX Missile project, which put him at odds with President Nichols and opposed expansion of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber program. In 1994, he lead a Democratically-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate to override a bill proposed by President Morgan to expand the military. The first presidential override of the 20th century.