Jim Nicholson

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Jim Nicholson
5th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
From: January 26, 2005 – October 1, 2007
President George W. Bush
Predecessor Anthony Principi
Successor James Peake
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
From: 2001-2005
President George W. Bush
Predecessor Lindy Boggs
Successor Francis Rooney
Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
From: 1997–2001
Predecessor Haley Barbour
Successor Jim Gilmore
Party Republican
Religion Roman Catholic
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch US Army
Service Years 1961–1991
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman Badge
Meritorious Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Air Medal (2)

Robert James "Jim" Nicholson (born February 4, 1938) was the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs during the George W. Bush presidency. From 1997 to 2001 he served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Nicholson 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 Medal, 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.