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Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel

Birthplace: North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States
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Son of Charles Dean Hagel and Elizabeth (Betty) Dunn
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About Chuck Hagel, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of Defense

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (/ˈtʃʌk ˈheɪɡəl/ chuk hay-gəl; born October 4, 1946) is an American politician who was the 24th and United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 2013 until 2015. He served as a United States Senator from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009.

A recipient of two Purple Hearts while an infantry squad leader in the Vietnam War, Hagel returned home to start careers in business and politics. He co-founded Vanguard Cellular, the primary source of his personal wealth, and served as president of the McCarthy Group, an investment banking firm, and CEO of American Information Systems Inc., a computerized voting machine manufacturer. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the United States Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, and retired in 2008.

On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense. On February 12, 2013, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Hagel's nomination by a vote of 14-11. On February 14, 2013, Senate Republicans denied Democrats the 60 votes needed to end the debate on Hagel's nomination and proceed to a final vote, citing the need for further review. It was the first time in American history that a nominee for Secretary of Defense was filibustered, although candidates for other cabinet offices have been filibustered before. On February 26, 2013, the Senate voted for cloture on Hagel's nomination and confirmed his nomination by a vote of 58-41. He took office on February 27, 2013, as his predecessor Leon Panetta stepped down.

Hagel previously served as a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, chairman of the Atlantic Council, and co-chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Before his appointment as Secretary of Defense, Hagel served on a number of boards of directors, including that of Chevron Corporation.

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October 4, 1946
North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States