Chuck Hagel

Charles “Chuck” Hagel (b. Oct. 4, 1946) is a former U.S. Senator from Nebraska. 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. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, and retired in 2008. On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary in his second term. The nomination is considered controversial due to past comments Hagel made about Israel, Iran and Gays. [ Wikipedia → ]