Jim Nicholson (U.S. politician)
|5th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs|
January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Anthony J. Principi|
|Succeeded by||James Peake|
February 4, 1938|
|Alma mater||United States Military Academy, Columbia University|
Combat Infantryman Badge
Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Air Medal (2)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1961-1991|
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.
Political career[change | change source]
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 position through the 2000 presidential election.
Between 2001 and his appointment to the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican).
Business career[change | change source]
Before becoming active in civilian government service, he worked as a lawyer 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.
Military service[change | change source]
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 working in the Army, he retired in 1991 with the rank of Colonel.
Personal life[change | change source]
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 given the Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy Award.
References[change | change source]
- 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.
Other websites[change | change source]
- 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