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James Randy Forbes

Member From: 1990 - January 5, 1998

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  • Birth Date: 1952 Birth Place:Chesapeake, VA
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Shirley Lee Hendricks
  • Children: Stephen Neil, James Randy, Jr., Jordan Rebekkah, and Justin Randall
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  • Education: Randolph-Macon College (B.A., Political Science, 1974, valedictorian) University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1977)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Attorney
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Great Bridge Baptist Church (deacon) Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Delta Kappa Chesapeake Farm Bureau Chesapeake Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Chesapeake School Board Task Force on High Schools (chairman, 1987) Chesapeake Student Leadership Forum (founder and president, 1990ó) American Bar Association Virginia Bar Association Chesapeake Bar Association American Bar Association Section of Taxation Republican National Committee (Delegate to 1996 National Convention) Republican Party of Virginia (chairman, 1996ó) Appointed to Governor's Commission on Parole, Abolition and Sentencing Reform (1994) Commission to study the Commonwealth's sentencing and parole policies and the need to establish "truth in sentencing" (1993) Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce MADD Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Steering Committee (1991) Bank of Tidewater (board of directors, 1987ó) Tidewater Transportation District Commission (commissioner, 1993ó) Authorized to practice before U.S. Tax Court
  • Additional Info: In February 2017, Forbes joined the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College as a senior distinguished fellow
  • Awards: Who' Who Among Rising Young Americans Fraternal Order of Police Appreciation (1985) Chesapeake PTA Council Life Membership (1991) Virginia Sheriff's Association Legislator of the Year (1996)
  • Bio: FORBES, J. Randy, a Representative from Virginia; born in Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Va., February 17, 1952; graduated from Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, Va., 1970; B.A., Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., 1974; J.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., 1977; lawyer, private practice; chairman, Republican Party of Virginia, 1996-2001; member of the Virginia state house of delegates, 1989-1997; member of the Virginia state senate, 1997-2001; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Norman Sisisky, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (June 19, 2001-January 3, 2017); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress in 2016.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia (Jan. 1998- June 2001)
    U.S. House of Representatives (June 19, 2011 -Jan. 3, 2017)
    Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia (1996-2001)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1990 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Labor and Commerce
Militia and Police
Roads and Internal Navigation
1991 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Labor and Commerce
Militia and Police
Roads and Internal Navigation
1992 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Courts of Justice
Militia and Police
Roads and Internal Navigation
1993 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Courts of Justice
Militia and Police
Roads and Internal Navigation
1994 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Courts of Justice
Militia and Police
1995 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Courts of Justice
Militia and Police
1996 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Courts of Justice
Militia and Police
1997 City of Chesapeake (part) 78 Republican Corporations Insurance and Banking
Courts of Justice
Militia and Police

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