Chuck Hagel’s bio, at a glance

Name: Charles Timothy Hagel.

Age: 66 (North Platte, Neb., Oct. 4, 1946).

Education: Graduate, Brown Institute for Radio and Television, Minneapolis, 1966; bachelor’s degree in history, University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1971.


Experience: Chairman of the Atlantic Council, cochairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and member of the Defense Policy Board; US senator, 1997-2009; president, McCarthy & Co., an investment bank in Omaha, 1992-1996; president and chief executive of the Private Sector Council, 1990-1992; cofounder and executive vice president of Vanguard Cellular Systems Inc. and chairman of Communications Corp. International, 1985-1987; cofounder and president of Collins, Hagel & Clarke Inc., a consulting and marketing company, 1982-1985; deputy administrator, Veterans Administration, 1981-1982; manager of government affairs, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., 1977-1980; Army, including service in Vietnam, 1967-1968.

Family: Wife, Lilibet; two children.