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Senator Charles S. Robb

Senator Charles S. Robb joined the faculty of George Mason University as a Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy in 2001. He is currently a member of the Presidentís Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Secretary of Stateís International Security Advisory Board, the FBI Directorís Advisory Board, the Iraq Study Group and the MITRE Corporation Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Boards of the Space Foundation, Strategic Partnerships LLC, the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, the Concord Coalition, the National Museum of Americans at War and the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and works on occasional projects with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Since leaving the Senate in 2001 he has served as: Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the United States Naval Academy, Co-Chairman (with Sr. Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit) of the Presidentís Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction and Co-Chairman (with Former Gov. Linwood Holton) of a major landownerís alliance that created a special tax district to finance the extension of Metrorail to Tysonís Corner, Reston and Dulles Airport. He has also been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William & Mary.

Charles Robb served as a United States Senator from 1989 to 2001 and during this tenure he became the only member of Congress ever to serve simultaneously on all three national security committees (Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations). He also served on the Finance, Commerce, and Budget Committees, as well as the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Before becoming a member of Congress, he chaired the Southern Governorsí Association, the Democratic Governorsí Association, the Education Commission of the States, the Democratic Leadership Council, Jobs for Americaís Graduates, the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and the Virginia Forum on Education, and was President of the Council of State Governments.

Senator Robb previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, from 1978 to 1982 and as Virginiaís 64th Governor, from 1982 to 1986.

During the 1960ís, he served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1991. He began as the Class Honor Graduate from Marine Officers Basic School in 1961 and ended up as head of the principal recruiting program for Marine officers in 1970. In between, he served in both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions and his assignments included duty as a military social aide at the White House and command of an infantry company in combat in Vietnam.

Senator Robb clerked for Judge John D. Butzner, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and practiced law with Williams and Connolly prior to his election to state office. Between his state and federal service he was a partner at Hunton and Williams. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1973.


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