Jim Nicholson (U. S. politician)
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January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Anthony J. Principi|
|Succeeded by||James Peake|
2001 – 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Lindy Boggs|
|Succeeded by||Francis Rooney|
1997 – 2001
|Preceded by||Haley Barbour|
|Succeeded by||Jim Gilmore|
|Born||February 4, 1938 |
|Alma mater||United States Military Academy, Columbia University|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1961-1991|
Combat Infantryman Badge
Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Air Medal (2)
Robert James "Jim" Nicholson (born February 4, 1938) is an attorney, real estate developer, and a former Republican Party chairman. He was the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs from January 26, 2005 until October 1, 2007.
Nicholson has never held elected office, but has long been active in the Republican Party. In January 1986, he was elected committeeman from Colorado for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 1993, he was elected Vice-Chairman of the RNC, and was the "surprise pick" for GOP national chairman in January 1997. He served in that role through the 2000 presidential election.
Between 2001 and his appointment as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican).
Legal and business career
Before becoming active in civilian government service, he practiced law in Denver, Colorado, specializing in real estate, municipal finance and zoning law. In 1978 he founded Nicholson Enterprises, Inc., a developer of planned residential communities, and in 1987 he bought Renaissance Homes, a custom-house builder. He now works in the Washington, D.C. office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP.
He is a 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and served eight years in active duty. He was a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified Army officer. He fought in the Vietnam War, where he earned the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals.
After thirty years of military service he retired in 1991 with the rank of Colonel.
Nicholson has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Columbia University. He received a law degree from the University of Denver in 1972. In May 2005, he was recognized with the Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy Award.
- ^ U.S. Envoy Thanks Pope for Prayers and Closeness, a post-9/11 press release from the Zenit News Agency
- ^ Coloradan Nicholson to lead Veterans Affairs, a December 2004 Denver Post article
- ^ Official transcript of Nicholson's nomination, whitehouse.gov; Accessed March 13, 2007.
- ^ College of Law History Alumni Image Collection from the University of Denver
- ^ Official biography - whitehouse.gov.
- Official biography from the Department of Veterans Affairs website
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Republican National Committee|
Corinne Claiborne Boggs
|U. S. Ambassador to the Holy See|
|United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
Served under: George W. Bush