|Assumed office |
January 7, 1997
Serving with Ben Nelson
|Preceded by||J. James Exon|
1981 – 1982
|Born||October 4, 1946 |
North Platte, Nebraska
|Alma mater||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Nebraska ( is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and Events 1325 - Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal. 1558 - France takes Calais, the last continental Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Earl Benjamin "Ben" Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the junior U John James "Jim" Exon ( August 9, 1921 – June 10, 2005) was an American Democratic politician Events 610 - Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. North Platte is a city in and the County seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Nebraska ( is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval The University of Nebraska at Omaha is the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska system, and is the second-largest institution of higher education in Nebraska The Episcopal Church is the official name of the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States. Events 610 - Heraclius arrives by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrows Byzantine Emperor Phocas Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Nebraska ( is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in 1996 and was reelected in 2002. After considering running in the 2008 presidential election, Hagel announced on September 10, 2007 that he will retire from the Senate at the end of his present term and will not seek the presidency. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4 2008 will be the 56th consecutive Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Born in North Platte, Nebraska, to Betty and Charles Hagel, who had German and Polish ancestry. North Platte is a city in and the County seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Nebraska ( is a state located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and The German people (Deutsche are an Ethnic group, in the sense of sharing a common German culture, descent and speaking the German language as The Polish people, or Poles, (Polacy) are a Western Slavic Ethnic group of Central Europe, living predominantly in Poland.  He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School (now Scotus Central Catholic High School) in Columbus, Nebraska, and the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in 1966 and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1972. Columbus is a city in Platte County, Nebraska, United States, 80 miles (148 km west by north of Omaha on the Loup River, a short Brown College is a For-profit school and is a Subsidiary of Career Education Corporation. The University of Nebraska at Omaha is the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska system, and is the second-largest institution of higher education in Nebraska Hagel is a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the United States Army infantry, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E-5) from 1967–1968. Vietnam Era veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War. The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. While serving during the Vietnam War, he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The Vietnam Gallantry Cross is a military decoration of South Vietnam which wasestablished in August 1950. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military award which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB is an award of the United States Army which is presented to those officers warrant officers and enlisted soldiers in the grade After returning from Vietnam, Hagel worked as a bartender and radio newscaster while finishing college. A bartender ( barman, barkeeper, barmaid, mixologist, tapster among other names serves Beverages Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light.
Hagel married Lilibet Ziller in April, 1985. The couple lives with their daughter, Allyn, and son, Ziller, in McLean, Virginia. McLean (pronounced "mick-CLANE") is an Unincorporated community located in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state 
Hagel's brother, Thomas, also a veteran of the Vietnam War, is a professor at the University of Dayton School of Law.
In 1971, Hagel was hired as a staffer for Congressman John Y. McCollister (R-NE), serving until 1977. John Yetter McCollister (born 10 June 1921) is a Nebraska Republican politician For the next four years, he worked as a lobbyist for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and, in 1980, he served as an organizer for the successful presidential campaign of former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Lobbying includes all attempts to influence Legislators and officials whether by other legislators constituents or organized groups The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons buggies and other forms of wheeled transportation California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean.
After Reagan's inauguration as President, Hagel was named deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA) is a government-run military Veteran benefit system with Cabinet -level status In 1982, however, he resigned his post over a disagreement with V. A. Administrator Robert P. Nimmo, who was intent on cutting funding for V. A. programs, and who had referred to veterans groups as "greedy", and to Agent Orange as not much worse than a "little teenage acne". Agent Orange is the code name for a powerful Herbicide and Defoliant used by the U
After leaving government employment, Hagel co-founded Vanguard Cellular, a mobile phone manufacturer that made him a millionaire several times over. Vanguard Cellular was a cellular carrier formed in 1984 by Steve Leeolou Haynes Griffin Rich Preyor and Chuck Hagel. While working with Vanguard, he served as president and chief executive officer of the United Service Organizations and the Private Sector Council, as deputy director and chief operating officer of the 1990 G7 Summit, and on the board of directors or advisory committee of the American Red Cross, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, Bread for the World, and the Ripon Society. A chief executive officer ( CEO) or chief executive is typically the highest-ranking corporate officer ( executive) or administrator "USO" redirects here for other uses see USO (disambiguation The United Service Organizations Inc A chief operating officer or chief operations officer ( COO) is a Corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Corporation The American Red Cross (also known as the American National Red Cross) is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance disaster relief and education inside Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14 1890 – March 28 1969 was President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general Bread for the World is a Non-partisan, Christian citizens' movement in the United States to end hunger The Ripon Society is a Centrist Republican Think tank, founded on December 12, 1962, in Cambridge, Massachusetts He also served as Chairman of the Agent Orange Settlement Fund and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Agent Orange is the code name for a powerful Herbicide and Defoliant used by the U The Council on Foreign Relations ( CFR) is an American Nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (at
Although he was pressured by some to run for Governor of Virginia, where he had lived for 20 years, in 1992 Hagel moved back to Nebraska to become president of the McCarthy Group, an investment banking firm. The Governor of Virginia serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term Investment banks profit from companies and governments by raising money through issuing and selling Securities in the Capital markets (both equity and He also served as a Chairman and was CEO of American Information Systems Inc. (AIS), a voting machine manufacturer, until its name-change to Election Systems & Software (ES&S) in 1997. Voting machines are the total combination of mechanical electromechanical or electronic equipment (including Software, Firmware, and documentation required to program Election Systems & Software (ES&S is an American company that provides Voting services He had ownership interest in ES&S through its parent company The McCarthy Group as of January 29, 2003, when The Hill reported that, due to his ownership interest, “Hagel’s ethics filings pose disclosure issue”. Events 904 - Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed Antipope Christopher. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. 
In 2007 Senator Hagel attended a meeting organized by the American Iranian Council which brought together numerous national and international policy makers in an attempt to improve their understanding of Iran's role in Iraq and its nuclear enrichment intentions/capabilities. Others in attendance at this meeting were Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Ambassador Javad Zarif from Iran's UN mission, Ambassador Anders Lidén from Sweden, Mr. Dennis John Kucinich (kuˈsɪnɪtʃ (born October 8[[ 946]] is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif (محمد جواد ظریف (b 8 January, 1960) is a former Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Anders Lidén (1949 in Oskarshamn, Sweden) is the Ambassador to the United Nations from Sweden Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times, and a host of other distinguished academics, businessmen, nonprofit representatives and private citizens. Nicholas Donabet Kristof (born April 27, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Journalist, Author, op-ed
In 1996, Chuck Hagel ran for the US Senate against Ben Nelson, who was the sitting governor of Nebraska. Earl Benjamin "Ben" Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the junior U Although many people believed he had no chance of winning, he won a "stunning upset" in the election, receiving 56% of the vote (Nelson was later elected to Nebraska's other Senate seat, in 2000). During his first campaign, Hagel indicated that, were he to be elected, he would retire in 2008 after two terms in the Senate.  Six years later in 2002, Hagel overwhelmingly won re-election with over 83% of the vote, the largest margin of victory in any statewide race in Nebraska history.
Since his election to the Senate in 1996, Hagel has served as deputy whip for the Republican Caucus. He has been chair of both the Senate Global Climate Change Observer Group and the Senate Oversight Task Force. He serves as co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National He also serves on the NATO Observer Group. The North Atlantic Treaty Hagel is a member of four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting Negotiations between representatives of groups or states
In October 2002, Hagel voted in favor of authorizing the use of military force against Iraq.
In August 2004, Hagel acknowledged that he was considering a presidential campaign in 2008. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4 2008 will be the 56th consecutive
On immigration, Senator Hagel supports a "pathway to citizenship" and a "guest worker program" for illegal immigrants. On May 25, 2006 he voted for S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which passed the Senate before reaching a stalemate in the House in late 2006. Events 1085 - Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo Spain back from the Moors. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. This Bill did not passIt should be written in the past tense --> The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act ( CIRA,) was a United States Senate bill
On June 26, 2007, Hagel joined with Senator Ted Kennedy to support the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22 1932 is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, or in its full name the Secure Borders Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ( was a bill discussed in 1639).
Due to displeasure over Hagel's stance on the war, Nebraska State Attorney General Jon Bruning has planned to challenge him in the primaries in 2008 should he not step down. Jon Bruning (b April 30 1969, Lincoln Nebraska) is Attorney General of the state of Nebraska.
In July 2007, Hagel was one of three Republican Senators who supported the legislation proposed by Democrats to require a troop withdrawal to begin within 120 days. "This thing is really coming undone quickly, and [Prime Minister] Maliki's government is weaker by the day. The police are corrupt, top to bottom. The oil problem is a huge problem. They still can't get anything through the parliament -- no hydrocarbon law, no de-Baathification law, no provincial elections," [Robert Novak Interview with Hagel published in the Washington Post: "Hagels Stand". ]
The New York Times reported on Saturday, September 8, 2007 that Hagel would retire from the Senate at the conclusion of his present term. Events 70 - Roman forces under Titus sack Jerusalem. 1264 - The Statute of Kalisz Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Hagel has a tradition of wearing costumes to work on Halloween, usually masquerading as colleagues or other notable political figures. Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a Holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. He has arrived at work dressed as Joe Biden, John McCain, Colin Powell, and Pat Roberts in past years. 
On August 18, 2005, Hagel compared the Iraq War to Vietnam and openly mocked Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes. US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs is one of seven subcommittees of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs is one of seven subcommittees of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs is one of seven subcommittees of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection is one of seven subcommittees The United States Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to Banks and banking Price controls, Deposit The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities Insurance and Investment is one of five subcommittees within the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs. The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions is one of five subcommittees within the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs. The Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development is one of five subcommittees within the Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (sometimes referred to as SSCI) is The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration (also called the Senate Rules Committee) is responsible for the rules of the United States Senate, with administration Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States. The Iraqi insurgency is composed of diverse mix of militias foreign fighters all Iraqi units or mixtures using violent measures against the US-led Coalition in Iraq "
In November 2005, Hagel made a much-publicized statement: "To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic. " This was in reference to the lack of open debate in Congress regarding the Iraq War, and in defense of his assertion that the United States should withdraw its troops.
In December 2005, in reference to Bush, the GOP, and the PATRIOT Act, Hagel made a much-publicized statement: "I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president. The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the Patriot Act, is a controversial Act of Congress that U The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme Law of the United States. "
In January 2006, Hagel took issue with Karl Rove over controversial statements the White House advisor made concerning the mindset of Republicans and Democrats. Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W Hagel said, "Well, I didn't like what Mr. Rove said, because it frames terrorism and the issue of terrorism and everything that goes with it, whether it's the renewal of the Patriot Act or the NSA wiretapping, in a political context. The National Security Agency/ Central Security Service ( NSA/CSS) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States government Wiretap redirects here For the radio program see WireTap (radio program Telephone tapping (or wire tapping / wiretapping in " He also said that "dark clouds" are hanging over the Republican party", and "If you look at the environment and the atmospherics politically in this town, read any poll. The sixth year of a governing party usually . . . is not good . . . the country is tired, a lot of complications in these international issues, we're at war. "
Hagel further criticized the Bush administration, saying, "National security is more important than the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. And to use it to try and get someone elected will ultimately end up in defeat and disaster for that political party. "
In July 2006, Hagel again took issue with the Bush administration, this time on its handling of the Israel-Lebanon issue saying "The sickening slaughter on both sides must end and it must end now. President Bush must call for an immediate cease-fire. This madness must stop. "
After Republican losses in the 2006 midterm election, Hagel penned an editorial in the Washington Post highly critical of military strategies both employed and proposed for Iraq. The 2006 United States midterm elections were held on Tuesday November 7 2006. The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D He unequivocally declared that "There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq," and called for a "phased troop withdrawal"—making Hagel one of the most prominent voices in his party to do so. 
According to a SurveyUSA poll, Hagel has a 10% higher approval rating among Nebraska Democrats than Republicans. SurveyUSA is a Polling firm in the United States. It conducts Market research for Corporations and interest groups but is best known for conducting  OnTheIssues.org rates Hagel as a "libertarian-leaning conservative".
In January 2007, Hagel openly criticized President Bush's plan to send an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq. He called it, "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it's carried out. " Together with Democrats Joseph Biden and Carl Levin he proposed a non-binding resolution to the Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which rejected Bush's policy as "not in the national interest" in a 12-9 vote. Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan and is the Chairman of the Senate  However, in a Senate vote of 94-2 to revoke executive power to replace federal prosecutors without a preliminary hearing, Senator Hagel and Senator Kit Bond were the only opposition. In Political science and Constitutional law, the executive is the branch of government responsible for the day-to-day management of the State. Christopher Samuel "Kit" Bond (born March 6, 1939) is a former governor and current senior United States Senator of 
After an April 2007 visit to Iraq with Pennsylvania Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, Hagel expressed his belief that the occupation of Iraq should not continue indefinitely and defended Congressional actions to set a timeline for an end in occupation. Joseph A "Joe" Sestak Jr (born December 12 1951) is a retired United States Navy Vice admiral (United Statesand is the
In July 2007, Hagel expressed his intention to cooperate with Senate Democrats in voting for a bill that would set a timeline to get out of Iraq. 
In November 2007, he rated the Bush administration "the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus -- almost every area" of any presidency in the last forty years. He also revealed he is open to running as vice-president with the 2008 Democratic nominee.  In the same month, he said, "I have to say this is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I've ever seen or ever read about. "
On September 10, 2007, Hagel announced that he would be retiring from the Senate at the end of his term in 2009. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  The announcement ended speculation regarding a possible bid for the presidency in 2008. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4 2008 will be the 56th consecutive
Obama is hoping to appoint cross-party figures to his cabinet such as Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator for Nebraska and an opponent of the Iraq war […] Senior advisers confirmed that Hagel, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and one of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, was considered an ideal candidate for defense secretary. The Times is a daily national Newspaper published in the United Kingdom since 1785 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. The United States Secretary of Defense ( SECDEF) is the head of the U 
Senator Obama was quoted in the same article, when asked about Hagel as a potential cabinet member: "Chuck Hagel is a great friend of mine and I respect him very much. " Hagel is also rumored to be a possible Obama pick for the Vice-Presidential candidacy in his 2008 presidential election ticket.
In Senator Hagel's new book, America: Our Next Chapter, he suggests that the United States should adopt independent leadership and possibly another political party. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the He also believes that the Iraq War is one of the five biggest blunders in history. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign Hagel is critical of George W. Bush's foreign policy, calling it "reckless. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. " He has been a major critic of the war since it started, and has stated that the United States should learn from their mistakes in the Vietnam War. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia He considers Bush's foreign policy a "ping pong game with American lives".
In June of 2008, CNN's ElectionCenter2008 listed Chuck Hagel as a possible running mate for Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner 
Hagel is a Nebraska Admiral, an honorary title. Nebraska Admiral (formally Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska) is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the Governor On June 9, 2007, he gave the commencement address for North Central College and was given an honorary LL.D.. North Central College is a private 4-year comprehensive liberal arts college located in Naperville Illinois. Doctor of Laws ( Latin: Legum Doctor, LLD) is a Doctorate -level Academic degree in Law. 
|United States Senate|
J. James Exon
|United States Senator (Class 2) from Nebraska|
1997 – present
Served alongside: Bob Kerrey, Ben Nelson