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CHUCK HAGEL, Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator, served two terms in the U.S. Senate. Senator HAGEL’s duties included membership on four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Intelligence; and Rules.

CHUCK HAGEL is the author of ‘‘America: Our Next Chapter,’’ a straightforward examination of the current state of our Nation that provides substantial proposals for the challenges of the 21st century.

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, NE, 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, DC, 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-1980s, 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 U.S. Senate. HAGEL also served as Deputy Commissioner General of the United States for the 1982 World’s Fair. From 1977 through 1980, CHUCK HAGEL was manager of government affairs for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Washington, DC. 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, NE.

CHUCK 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.