Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gerry Connolly on Jim Webb's Decision to Retire

I received the following statement from Rep. Gerry Connolly's office on Sen. Jim Webb's decision to retire at the end of his term.

I’ve always been proud to call Jim Webb my Senator and my constituent in the 11th Congressional District of Virginia.

I respect Senator Jim Webb’s decision to retire at the end of his term, but I daresay his presence and his common sense attitude will be sorely missed in the Senate.

Throughout his extraordinary career as a decorated Marine, an outspoken Secretary of the Navy, an accomplished author, and a U.S. Senator, Jim Webb has proven his dedication to public service. He is a true public servant who entered public service for all of the right reasons.

Jim has been a strong advocate for our military and our military families in the Commonwealth. He will always be remembered for his sponsoring, shepherding, and winning passage of the new GI Bill.

Throughout his career as a Marine, Secretary of the Navy, an acclaimed author, and a U.S. Senator, Jim has never shied away from tackling the tough issues. There are many examples, but one of the most recent is his support for reforming the criminal justice system.

I’m confident that Jim Webb will continue to be involved in public service and remain a strong advocate for the dedicated military men and women, and their families, who make enormous sacrifices to protect our freedom.

I thank Jim Webb for his service to our nation and our Commonwealth.

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