Richmond, VA – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran released the following statement today thanking U.S. Senator Jim Webb for his service to Virginia and the nation, and urging Virginia Democrats to continue the fight to keep his seat in Democratic hands:

Jim Webb was an American hero before he served one day in office, and since then he has only added to his legacy as one of the most effective fighters for middle class families, our troops and our nation’s standing in the world that this country has ever had.

I join the millions of Virginians who are disappointed that we will not have the chance to vote for him again in 2012, but he ran in 2006 to get us out of Iraq, stand up for economic equality and take on tough issues like criminal justice reform.  His departure is a loss to Virginia and the nation but we all agree he has done more than his share to accomplish these goals and for that he deserves our gratitude.

This is a time to thank Senator Webb for his service and to look forward as numerous well-qualified Democratic candidates consider the task of filling the void our senior Senator will leave behind. Virginia Democrats are ready to continue the fight to keep this seat in the hands of a Democrat who shares our values of job creation, justice and equality of opportunity for every person.

Jim Webb’s Record in the Senate

Jim Webb has a proven record as a leader in the Marines, the Pentagon and the Senate. In his first term he has built an impressive record of accomplishment with

  • The passage of his Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides our newest generation of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans the same educational benefits that our veterans received after World War II. The bill offers new economic opportunities to hundreds of thousands of Americans and helps to strengthen the U.S. economy
  • The passage of his Wartime Contracting Commission to root out waste, fraud, and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan wartime-support contract and potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars
  • The introduction (and House passage) of his National Criminal Justice Commission Act through which he is leading the charge in Congress to comprehensively examine and restructure America’s criminal justice system.
  • The passage of his  TRICARE Affirmation Act to protect military health programs for service members, veterans, and their families.

By the fall of 2008, Washingtonian Magazine had named Senator Webb as the “Rising Star” in its “Best & Worst of Congress” edition, and Politico newspaper named him “Rookie of the Year.” By late 2008, Esquire Magazine counted Senator Webb among the world’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” for doing “more to repair his party’s relationship with the military” than anyone since the Vietnam War, and in October 2009, The Atlantic Magazine spotlighted Senator Webb as one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers” for tackling prison reform as a freshman senator and possessing “two things vanishingly rare in Congress: a conscience and a spine.”