Charles S. Robb

Distinguished Professor of Law & Public Policy

JD, University of Virginia

Biographical Sketch

Charles S. Robb joined the faculty of George Mason University as a Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy in 2001. Previously he served as Lt. Governor of Virginia, from 1978 to 1982, as Virginia’s 64th Governor, from 1982 to 1986, and as a United States Senator, from 1989 to 2001.

While in the Senate he became the first member ever to serve simultaneously on all three national security committees (Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations). He also served on the Finance, Commerce, and Budget Committees.

Before becoming a member of Congress he Chaired: the Southern Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, the Education Commission of the States, the Democratic Leadership Council, Jobs for America’s Graduates, the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors and the Virginia Forum on Education - and was President of the Council of State Governments.

During the 1960’s he served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1991. He began as the Class Honor Graduate from Marine Officers Basic School in 1961 and ended up as head of the principal recruiting program for Marine officers in 1970. In between, he served in both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions and his assignments included duty as a Military Social Aide at the White House and command of an infantry company in combat in Vietnam.

He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1973, clerked for Judge John D. Butzner, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and practiced law with Williams and Connolly prior to his election to state office. Between his state and federal service he was a partner at Hunton and Williams.

Since leaving the Senate in 2001 he has served as: Chm. of the Board of Visitors at the United States Naval Academy, Co-Chm. (with Sr. Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals) of the President’s Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction and Co-Chm. (with Former Gov. Linwood Holton) of a major landowner’s alliance to help finance the extension of Metrorail to Tyson’s Corner and Dulles Airport. He has also been a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Bd., the Sec.of State’s International Security Advisory Bd. (Chm: WMD-Terrorism Task Force) the Iraq Study Group, and the Afghanistan Study Group - and was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William & Mary.

He is currently a member of: the FBI Director’s Advisory Bd., the Critical Incident Analysis Group, the Center for Infrastructure Protection Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Homeland Security Policy Institute, the MITRE Corp. Bd. of Trustees (Vice Chm.) and the Robertson Foundation Advisory Bd. He also serves on the Boards of: the Space Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Bipartisan Policy Center (Co-Chm. with former Sen. Dan Coats of the Iranian Nuclear Development Group), the Concord Coalition, the National Museum for Americans in Wartime, Strategic Partnerships LLP, GMU’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress – and works on occasional advisory projects with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He is married to Lynda Johnson Robb and they have three daughters and three grandchildren.