Chuck Robb
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Chuck Robb
Charles Spittal "Chuck" Robb is an American politician. He served as the 64th Governor of Virginia from 1982 to 1986, and as a United States senator from 1989 until 2001. In 2004, he chaired the Iraq Intelligence Commission.
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National Black Farmers Association Turns Twenty 25 with More Challenges Ahead
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Back in the 1980s and '90s it was a tragic but almost commonplace experience to read about foreclosure sales of black-owned farms in local newspapers. Acre by acre, black farmers were losing their hard-won land acre by acre because they were voiceless and largely powerless. These losses were made even sadder by the history of African Americans who hungered and struggled to own farms after working the lands of others for centuries when they didn't own even themselves. As one of those farmers straining to make a career in farming as my ancestors have done for generations, I realized that we could join forces to stop the disappearance of a black presence in agriculture. With others, I founded the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), now celebrating its 25th year of advocating for justice for minority farmers. I saw a need for a voice for those voiceless farmers who were losing land acre by acre. Today, with a quarter century of legal and legislative advances against offi ...
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Roanoke College Poll shows Obama, Kaine opening “significant” leads in Virginia
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
President Barack Obama Mitt Romney. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Roanoke College has just released a poll showing President Obama with an 8-point lead in Virginia and Democrat Tim Kaine with an even bigger 10-point lead in the Senate race. A few observations: * This is a poll of likely voters, not registered voters — that’s the type of sample you’d want to see at this point in the campaign. * This poll also includes cellphones, not just landlines — figuring out how to account for the growing number of people with no landlines has become an issue for pollsters around the country, so this puts Roanoke College ahead of the curve. * This poll was open for a pretty long period of time — Sept. 19 to 28; usually, you want to see a smaller window of polling, because so much can change over a longer window. * Historical note: The Roanoke College Poll was the first poll back in 1994 to pick up Chuck Robb’s late-campaign surge that took him past Oliver North. I remember at the time writi ...
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Allen, Kaine to face off Saturday in Hot Springs
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
George Allen and Tim Kaine before their December debate at the state Capitol (AP Photo). It’s hard to imagine that a Saturday morning debate in the dead of summer can be a game-changer in a statewide election. But it is the dead of summer, so news-hungry reporters will flock to The Homestead resort in Hot Springs on Saturday and hang on every word exchanged between Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine in their high-stakes U.S. Senate race. The Virginia Bar Association, which holds its annual summer meeting in the Alleghany Highlands, is sponsoring the debate.  CNN’s Candy Crowley will serve as the moderator. This won’t be the first debate between Allen and Kaine. The former governors went head-to-head last December in front of state reporters and editors at the Capitol in Richmond. But the political climate has heated up along with the weather in the battleground state of Virginia, so let’s see if some rhetorical thunderbolts rumble though Bath County this weekend. ...
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Why Virginia's governors get distracted - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Other governors with bigger ambitions than their jobs were Democrats Chuck Robb and Doug Wilder. Robb wanted to parlay his marriage to a daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson to national office. Wilder, the country's first African-American governor,
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Big names, big fun slated for festival - West Branch Times
Google News - over 5 years
Her husband, Charles “Chuck” Robb (the two married in the White House) is a former governor and former US Senator of Virginia. President Johnson visited the Hoover Library not long after the 186 acres around it was named a national park
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Everyone Has a Story: Federal judge remembers World War II as child in Ventnor - Press of Atlantic City
Google News - over 5 years
Chuck Robb, D-Va., he co-chaired the Iraq Intelligence Commission from 2004-05, which found intelligence agencies made profound mistakes about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and needed to change their modes of operation. But Atlantic City is often
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Saint Luke's Health System names Estes as CEO - Kansas City Business Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Chuck Robb, Saint Luke's COO and CFO, will serve as interim CEO during the transition. “I'm thrilled,” Estes, 58, said in an interview. “I was very attracted to Saint Luke's. It's a large health system in a vibrant market, and I was particularly
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Aspen Institute: Bill Would Streamline Appointment Process - Roll Call (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
We members of the Aspen Institute Commission to Reform the Appointments Process support the enactment of this bill: Bill Frist, co-chairman and former Senate Majority Leader; Chuck Robb, co-chairman and former Senator; Mack McLarty, co-chairman and
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Virgil Goode for President? - Washington Examiner (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But he wasn't always an obedient Democrat, as he mounted primary challenges to then-incumbent US Senator Chuck Robb in 1994 and was part of a power-sharing agreement with state Republicans as they began their ascendancy under then-Gov
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Langford, Whelan make D-2 Senate NJ's race to watch - Shore News Today
Google News - over 5 years
Chuck Robb went on to win another six-year term, beating Ollie by a margin of 45 percent to 43 percent with Coleman siphoning off 12 percent of the vote. Warner actually endorsed Coleman over the Regular Republican (North). Robb was the son-in-law of
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أشهر الفضائح الجنسية للسياسيين الأمريكيين بالصور ! - iraq 4 all news
Google News - over 5 years
-فضيحة تشاك روب Chuck Robb : عضو ديمقراطي في مجلس الشيوخ, أتُهمَ بعلاقة غير شرعية مع ملكة جمال ولاية فرجينيا تاي كولينس, وهو ما أنكره عام 1991. -فضيحة كلارنس توماس Clarence Thomas : القاضي الذي عينه الرئيس الامريكي جورج بوش الأب, في عام 1991 أتهمَ
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New art gallery opens Friday - Fredericksburg.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
She interned for former governor and senator Chuck Robb while she was a student, and later ran a bridal boutique and owned a business called Regal Retreats, which designed themed children's bedrooms. She's currently studying leadership and management
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Chuck Robb Sex Scandal Figure Gets Her Wish - U.S. News & World Report
Google News - over 5 years
Chuck Robb, hubby of Lynda Bird Johnson, once told the Roanoke Times that she wanted to be known for being a do-gooder, not her naughty stories about Robb or her spread in Playboy. Now, 27 years later, the longtime child advocate who made a name for
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George Allen: Can he make a political comeback after 'macaca' moment? - WJLA
Google News - almost 6 years
Chuck Robb. Allen's get-tough conservatism made him a landslide winner in the governor's race and allowed him to swiftly enact his pledge to abolish parole and reform welfare. He became the poster boy for years of subsequent GOP gains that,
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Public Policy Program announces new board members - William and Mary News
Google News - almost 6 years
Charles S. “Chuck” Robb, former Governor and Senator of Virginia. The Jefferson Program's MPP and AB degrees in public policy provide exceptional students with the rigorous professional skillsets required to improve policymaking at all levels of
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The Concord Coalition Board Members Support US Senate's Gang of Six - PR-USA.net (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
The statement was issued by Concord Coalition co-chairmen, former Senators Warren B. Rudman and Bob Kerrey, along with former Senator Sam Nunn, former Senator Chuck Robb, former Representative J. Alex McMillan, former Representative Timothy J. Penny,
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The Concord Coalition Board Members Support U.S. Senate's Gang of Six - Sacramento Bee
Google News - almost 6 years
The statement was issued by Concord Coalition co-chairmen, former Senators Warren B. Rudman and Bob Kerrey, along with former Senator Sam Nunn, former Senator Chuck Robb, former Representative J. Alex McMillan, former Representative Timothy J. Penny,
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Local Shop turns 27 years old - Staunton News Leader
Google News - almost 6 years
When Governor Chuck Robb launched his We have it made in Virginia campaign back in the early 80s, two families in Staunton liked the sound of his slogan. When the Virginia Made Shop opened on April 27, 1984, it was with a local approach to the
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The McCain Doctrines
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Whatever their disagreements on policy, United States senators, even in today's hyperpolitical climate, are reluctant to impugn one another's motives or integrity. That's doubly true among those who experienced combat in the Vietnam War, a group that now includes four sitting senators -- the Republicans John McCain and Chuck Hagel and the Democrats
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chuck Robb
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 66
    A New York Times article on October 9, 2006, credited Robb with being the only member of the group to venture outside the American controlled "Green Zone" on a recent trip to Baghdad.
    More Details Hide Details Robb has served since 2001 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the MITRE Corporation. Robb serves as a co-leader of the National Security Project (NSP) at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is also a former member of the Trilateral Commission and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, for which he served on the Independent Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is married to Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. They have three daughters and three grandchildren and reside in McLean, Virginia.
    In 2006 he was appointed to serve on the U.S. President's Intelligence Advisory Board.
    More Details Hide Details He also served on the Iraq Study Group with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.
  • 2004
    Age 64
    Following his two terms in the Senate, Robb served on the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Naval Academy, and began teaching at George Mason University School of Law. On February 6, 2004, Robb was appointed co-chair of the Iraq Intelligence Commission, an independent panel tasked with investigating U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States' 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
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  • 2000
    Age 60
    After two terms in the Senate and 25 years in statewide politics, he was defeated in a close race in 2000 by his Republican opponent, George Allen, who was also a former governor.
    More Details Hide Details Robb was the only Democratic incumbent senator to be defeated in that election.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 54
    Following his re-election in 1994, Robb continued to promote fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense; he was the only Senate Democrat to vote for all items in the Republican Party's "Contract with America" when they reached the floor, including a Balanced Budget Amendment and a line item veto.
    More Details Hide Details He became the only senator to serve on all three national security committees: Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Intelligence.
    The 1994 Senate campaign was documented in the 1996 film A Perfect Candidate and Brett Morgen's Ollie's Army (where Robb is seen being heckled on the campus of James Madison University).
    More Details Hide Details During the campaign, Robb won the endorsement of Reagan's Naval Secretary (and future U.S. senator from Virginia) Jim Webb, and high-profile Republicans such as Elliot Richardson, William Ruckelshaus, and William Colby.
    Despite being outspent 4-1, Robb narrowly defeated former Iran-Contra figure Oliver North in 1994, a poor year nationally for Democrats.
    More Details Hide Details Senator John Warner refused to support North and instead backed third-party candidate and former Virginia Attorney General Marshall Coleman, whom Robb had defeated in the 1981 gubernatorial contest.
  • 1993
    Age 53
    In 1993, he supported Bill Clinton's proposal to adopt the don't ask, don't tell policy on homosexuals in the armed forces.
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, Robb was the only senator from a Southern state to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act. In stating his opposition to the bill, which his friends and supporters urged him to support, he said the following, "I feel very strongly that this legislation is wrong. Despite its name, the Defense of Marriage Act does not defend marriage against some imminent, crippling effect. Although we have made huge strides in the struggle against discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, it is more difficult to see beyond our differences regarding sexual orientation. The fact that our hearts don't speak in the same way is not cause or justification to discriminate." Some have speculated that his position on gay rights, along with his positions on other hot-button issues like abortion, alienated the generally-conservative voters of Virginia and contributed to his eventual defeat.
  • 1992
    Age 52
    In 1992, he was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and during his term, the DSCC raised record amounts of funding to elect seven new Democrats to the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details The Democratic victory included the election of four new female senators and the re-election of a fifth in what was called The Year of the Woman. Robb is more liberal on social issues. He voted for the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and against the execution of minors. He was opposed to a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning.
  • 1991
    Age 51
    In 1991, three of Robb's aides resigned after pleading guilty to misdemeanors related to an illegally recorded cell phone conversation of Virginia Governor (and possible 1994 Senate primary opponent) Doug Wilder.
    More Details Hide Details The scandal of the phone conversation morphed into a federal grand jury investigation when it was alleged that Robb's staff and Robb himself conspired to distribute the contents of a mobile phone call taped by an “electronics buff.” Robb and his staff claimed to be unaware of the fact that conversations on cell phones are protected by the same laws governing land lines. The grand jury concluded its eighteen-month investigation with a vote not to indict Robb. Relations between the Senator and Governor were described in the press as a "feud".
    In 1991, former Miss Virginia USA Tai Collins claimed to have had an affair with Robb seven years earlier, although her allegations were never corroborated and she offered no proof of the affair to reporters.
    More Details Hide Details Robb denied having an affair with her, merely admitting to sharing a bottle of champagne and receiving a massage from her in his hotel room on one occasion. Soon after making the allegations, Collins earned an undisclosed amount for posing nude for Playboy magazine. There were also rumors that during the time he was governor, Robb was present at parties in Virginia Beach where cocaine was used. These rumors were never proven, despite intense investigation by reporters and political operatives. He strongly denied this when the issue was raised during his 1988 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Robb so vehemently denied the cocaine allegation that he claimed to have never seen cocaine.
    In 1991, he was one of a handful of Democratic senators to support authorizing the use of force to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he was one of only eleven Democrats to vote in favor of Clarence Thomas's controversial nomination to the Supreme Court.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 48
    Robb was elected in 1988, defeating Maurice Dawkins with 71% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details Robb ranked annually as one of the most ideologically centrist senators and often acted as a bridge between Democratic and Republican members, as he preferred background deal-making to legislative limelight. His fellow Democrats removed him from the Budget Committee for advocating deeper cuts in federal spending.
  • 1985
    Age 45
    Virginia Democrats again won all three statewide offices in 1985, which was viewed as an endorsement of Robb's leadership while in office.
    More Details Hide Details As a campaigner, Robb was capable but reserved. During a time when political communication styles were beginning to favor sound bites, Robb was known for speaking in paragraphs about complex policy issues. He was also noteworthy among his contemporaries for raising substantial sums of campaign funds. Politically, Robb was a moderate, and known generally as being fiscally conservative, pro-national security, and progressive on social issues. As governor, he balanced the state budget without raising taxes, and dedicated an additional $1 billion for education. He appointed a record number of women and minorities to state positions, including the first African American to the state Supreme Court. He was the first Virginia governor in 25 years to use the death penalty. Robb was instrumental in creating the Super Tuesday primary that brought political power to the Southern states. He was also a co-founder in creating the Democratic Leadership Council. He was a strong vote-getter in Virginia in the 1980s and helped mold a more progressive Virginia Democratic Party than the one that had ruled the state for decades. He was considered a presidential or vice-presidential prospect for a time.
  • 1981
    Age 41
    Four years later in 1981, Robb led all three Democrats into office by appealing to conservatives who were disenchanted with his Republican opponent J. Marshall Coleman's maverick style, winning 53.52% of the vote and defeating Coleman.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 37
    In the 1977 election, Robb was the only one of three Democrats running for statewide office to win that year, leaving him as the sole head of a political party that had not won a governor's race in a dozen years.
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    In 1977 Robb won election as a Democrat for the lieutenant governorship of Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details He served as lieutenant governor from 1978 to 1982 and as governor from 1982 to 1986.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    After the war he earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973, and clerked for John D. Butzner, Jr., a judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards he entered private practice with Williams & Connolly.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 21
    Charles Robb was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Frances Howard (Woolley) and James Spittal Robb. He grew up in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, Virginia. He attended Cornell University before earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1961, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.
    More Details Hide Details A United States Marine Corps veteran and honor graduate of Quantico, Robb became a White House social aide. It was there that he met and eventually married Lynda Johnson, the daughter of then-U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in a service celebrated by the Right Reverend Gerald Nicholas McAllister. Robb went on to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he commanded a rifle company in combat, and was awarded the Bronze Star.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on June 26, 1939.
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