John H. Hager
|Chair of the Virginia Republican Party|
August 1, 2007 - May 31, 2008
|Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services|
November 21, 2004 - August 1, 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Tracy Ralph Justesen|
|37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
January 17, 1998 - January 12, 2002
John Henry Hager
August 28, 1936
Durham, North Carolina
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Chase Hager (1971-present)|
|Children||John Vigil Hager (b. 1973) |
Henry Chase Hager (b. 1978)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
John Henry Hager (born August 28, 1936) is an American entrepreneur and politician who served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from August 2007 until May 2008. He also served as the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, and as an assistant secretary within the United States Department of Education from 2004 to 2007.
Hager was born in Durham, North Carolina. He started a neighborhood newspaper in 1945. While an undergraduate at Purdue University he ran a vending machine business, was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and was a member of ROTC. One term, his course load was 25 credit hours - about two thirds more than normal. He was graduated with a BSME (mechanical engineering) in 1958. Both his parents, Virgil and Ruth Rabbe Hager, were 1928 Purdue alumni. Hager earned his MBA at Harvard in 1960, and subsequently served in the United States Army, rising to the rank of captain.
Hager married Margaret Dickinson "Maggie" Chase on February 27, 1971; with whom he has two sons, John (b. 1973) and Henry (b. 1978). Hager's younger son, Henry, married former President George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna on May 10, 2008 at her parents' Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.
In 1973 he contracted polio when his son was vaccinated for the disease with live virus vaccine. As a result, he uses a nonmotorized wheelchair for daily ambulation - and competes in wheelchair races.
After his active duty military service, Hager began work for the American Tobacco Company in Richmond, Virginia. The company retired him after his bout with polio, but he returned - beginning at the bottom again. At American Tobacco, he served as a government affairs representative. Hager was forcibly retired from the American Tobacco Company after the company's sale in 1994.
In 1975, he volunteered for Lieutenant Governor John N. Dalton, and in 1984 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1994, he co-chaired the Senatorial campaign for Oliver North. He ran for state party chairman in 1992, and was treasurer of the state Republican Party in 1994.
Hager has served as the director of Virginia's homeland security under Governors Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner. Hager was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1997, defeating Democrat Lewis F. Payne, Jr. Hager is believed to be the first individual with a disability to serve in an elected statewide office in Virginia.
Hager is the former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. He was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush on May 24, 2004, confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 2004 and resigned effective August 1, 2007.
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He served in the U.S. oArmy and the Army Reserves, rising to the rank of captain. He is a member of the American Legion. A lifelong athlete, he has also competed in many wheelchair races.
John H. Hager ... in 1992 ... ran for state party chairman ...
Hager ... holds honorary degrees from Averett College in Danville, Va., Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and the University of Northern Virginia in Manassas.