Sen. Chuck Hagel featured speaker at ADC Convention
Washington, DC | February 28, 2007 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomes Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as a featured luncheon speaker on Friday, June 8, at ADC‘s Annual National Convention. The Convention, “Toward a More Perfect Union,” will continue the legacy of the largest annual gathering of Arab Americans in our nation‘s capital. Governor Howard Dean is also a confirmed featured speaker and will be addressing ADC that evening (please click here).
The Convention, which marks ADC‘s 27 years of dedication to civil and human rights, will take place June 8-10, 2007, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel located at: 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008. The room rate is $159/night for single or double occupancy. Those planning to attend are requested to reserve hotel rooms early by clicking here.
As the 2008 campaign for the 44th President of the USA starts to gather momentum, ADC looks forward to hearing from both Senator Hagel and Governor Howard Dean on their visions for the future, as part of ADC‘s bipartisan outreach efforts. In the last few elections Arab Americans have been making a difference in key swing states, running for office and reaching out to their government leaders. We anticipate that Arab Americans will be more involved than ever before.
Additionally, from 2-6 pm on Sunday, June 10, ADC will join a rally and march marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Israeli occupation being organized by United for Peace and Justice and the US Campaign to End the Occupation. The Rally will take place on the Capitol lawn in front of the reflecting pool and the march will commence at 4 pm and will proceed to the White House Ellipse.
Also, on Monday, June 11, ADC will join these groups in holding a lobby day. ADC and these groups will advocate for a fair and balanced US policy toward the Middle East and an end to the occupation of Palestinian lands. ADC will also advocate for domestic legislative agendas that directly affect the Arab-American community including guarantees of due process for non-citizens in comprehensive immigration reform, Senate oversight hearings on the National Security Entry-Exit System (NSEERS), and passage of racial profiling, hate crimes and law enforcement integrity acts during the 110th Congress.
More details on the ADC Convention schedule and registration information to follow soon.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON 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.
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 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. Hagel is co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.
Hagel was the subject of a 2006 book by University of Nebraska professor Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He has received the Omaha World-Herald‘s 2005 – “Midlander of the Year” Award; the Washington Coal Club Annual Achievement Award; the University of Nebraska at Omaha‘s 2006 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service; 2006 Don Wagner Leadership 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 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 82nd Airborne Division Association‘s Recognition for the “National Airborne Day” Senate Resolution; 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; 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, 16, and son Ziller, 14.