Senator Chuck Hagel, Saturday Night Keynote Speaker at Convention

 

Washington, DC | June 11, 2008 | www.adc.org | The American- Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is pleased to announce Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, June 14, at the ADC Annual National Convention. The Convention will take place June 13-15, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel located at 1000 H Street in Washington, DC.

Senator Hagel will be speaking at 7:30pm at the Saturday night Banquet. Senator Hagel is frequently mentioned by supporters of both Senator Obama (D-IL) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as a possible Vice Presidential choice. Senator Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, has earned many military honors and decorations including two Purple Hearts. He is also the author of “America: Our next Chapter,”which is a a straightforward examination of the current state of our nation and provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century.

ADC will present Sentaor Hagel will a “Oustanding Public Service Award” for his more than forty years of dedicated service to the United Stated. Senator Hagel is Nebraska‘s senior US Senator and he is well known for his insights on domestic and foreign policy. He currently a member of four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking; Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence and Rules.

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OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL

Chuck Hagel, Nebraska's senior U.S. Senator, is serving his second term in the United States Senate. Senator Hagel's duties include membership on four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking; Housing and Urban Affairs; Intelligence and Rules.

Hagel is the author of America: Our Next Chapter, a straight-forward examination of the current state of our nation and provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century. Alan Greenspan says, "America: Our Next Chapter should be required reading;" former World Bank President James Wolfensohn declares the book, "a must read." Journalist and author Tom Brokaw states, "this is a book for people who care about their country," and General Colin Powell says that Hagel "writes with insight, expertise, authority, and with the credentials that come from his dedicated service in war and peace."

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel worked in the private sector as the President of McCarthy & Co., an investment banking firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, and served as Chairman of the Board of American Information Systems (AIS). Before joining McCarthy & Co., Hagel was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Council (PSC) in Washington, D.C., Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit) and President and Chief Executive Officer of the World USO.

In the mid-1980's, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Hagel to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration, a nomination confirmed by the United States Senate. Hagel also served as Deputy Commissioner General of the United States for the 1982 World‘s Fair. From 1977 through 1980, Hagel was Manager of Government Affairs for The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Washington, D.C. From 1971 to 1977, he was Administrative Assistant to Congressman John Y. McCollister (R-Nebraska). Beginning in 1969, Hagel worked as a newscaster and talk show host with radio stations KBON and KLNG in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hagel served in Vietnam with his brother Tom in 1968. They served side by side as infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army‘s 9th Infantry Division. Hagel earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts.

Hagel has served on the Board of Trustees at Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust and as Chairman of the $240 million Agent Orange Settlement Fund. His participation in civic, educational, and charitable organizations has included: Board of Directors, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, 10th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans‘ Memorial; Board of Directors and National Advisory Committee of the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Board of Directors of the Arlington National Cemetery Historical Society; Chairman of the Board of No Greater Love, Inc.; USO‘s World Board of Governors; and the World USO Chairman‘s Advisory Council. He is a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Among the institutions for which Hagel serves as a Board or Advisory Committee member are: the Institute of Politics at Harvard University; International Republican Institute; the German Marshall Fund‘s Trade and Poverty Forum; Director Emeritus, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute; the Private Sector Council; the Ripon Society; the American Red Cross; Bread for the World; and the Council on Foreign Relations. Hagel is a Trustee at Bellevue University and Hastings College. He is co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council, and Chairman of the Congressional Study Group on Germany.

Hagel is the subject of a 2006 book by University of Nebraska professor Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward.

Hagel has received the Housing Policy Council Leadership Award; 2008 Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership in American Politics from the University of Maryland; National Urban League 2008 Congressional Leadership Award; 2008 and 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Spirit of Enterprise" Award; 2007 Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship from the International Relations Council of Kansas City; 2006 Washington Coal Club Annual Achievement Award; 2006 Luminosity Award from the Bonnie J. Addario Breath Away From the Cure Foundation; 2006 National Farmers Union Golden Triangle Award; the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 2006 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service; 2006 Don Wagner Leadership Award; the Omaha World-Herald‘s 2005 "Midlander of the Year" Award; 2005 Marlin Fitzwater Excellence in Public Communication Award; 2005 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Public Service Award; 2005 American Association of School Administrators Champion of Children Award; 2004 Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award; the Atlantic Council‘s 2004 Award for Distinguished International Leadership; the Fragile X Research Foundation‘s Research Beacon Award; the Boy Scouts of America's Good Scout Award; the National Parent Teacher Association‘s Outstanding Child Advocacy Award and the Committee for Education Funding‘s Special Recognition Award; The University Club‘s William Howard Taft Public Service Award; the European Institute‘s Transatlantic Leadership Award; and the National School Board Association‘s Special Recognition Award.

Among other honors Hagel has received are the Commander's Cross With Star of the Order of Merit of The Republic of Poland; the first annual Cordell Hull Award; the Horatio Alger Award from the Horatio Alger Association; The Vietnam Veterans of America Legislator of the Year Award; the 82nd Airborne Division Association's Recognition for the "National Airborne Day" Senate Resolution; membership in the Consumers for World Trade Hall of Fame; the Center for the Study of the Presidency‘s Distinguished Service Medal; The American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Golden Plow Award; The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree from the College of William and Mary; an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Creighton University; an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Bellevue University; the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Civic Achievement, the first World USO Leadership Award; the University of Nebraska-Kearney George W. Norris Distinguished Lecturer Award; and the Small Business Administration‘s Nebraska Veterans Advocate of the Year Award.

A fourth generation Nebraskan, Hagel was born in North Platte, Nebraska on October 4, 1946. He graduated from St. Bonaventure High School, Columbus, Nebraska; the Brown Institute for Radio and Television, Minneapolis Minnesota; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have two children, daughter Allyn, 17, and son Ziller, 15.