The Hon. J. Randy Forbes ‘74 was presented with Randolph-Macon College’s Distinguished
Alumnus Award on Monday, May 23, 2008 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.
Forbes was lauded for his commitment of service to others, which has been the cornerstone
of his professional career. Elected in a special election in 2001, he is now serving
his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Forbes focuses his efforts
in Congress on protecting the security and sovereignty of our nation, preserving
the moral and historical roots of our country, strengthening our military and supporting
veterans, growing educational opportunities for our children, and promoting economic
development through fiscal responsibility.
As a student at Randolph-Macon, Forbes was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa,
served as president of Omicron Delta Kappa, was foreman of the Conduct Council and
a member of Pi Gamma Mu. Following his graduation as valedictorian of the Class
of 1974, Forbes continued his education at the University of Virginia School of
Law where he earned his degree in 1977.
Forbes began his law career in private practice and ultimately became a partner
in the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia. From 1989-2001, he served the
Commonwealth of Virginia in the General Assembly, where he eventually served as
the Republican Floor Leader in the House of Delegates and later as the Republican
Floor Leader in the Senate. He served as the chairman of the Republican Party of
Virginia from 1997-2001.
Forbes currently serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Armed Services.
He is also the founder of the congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus, the
Congressional China Caucus and co-chair of the Navy and Marine Corps Caucus. Since
taking office, Forbes has sponsored legislation ranging from the prosecution of
Weapons of Mass Destruction to the reformation of the military mail system. He also
sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims and is the founder
of the Congressional Prayer Caucus whose purpose is to recognize the vital role
that prayer by individuals of all faiths has played in Congress and in America.
While serving on the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees the Base
Realignment and Closure process, Forbes’ efforts nearly doubled the personnel assigned
to Ft. Lee and kept the Defense Supply Center Richmond open. He has received national
recognition for his work to protect communities by authoring the Alien Gang Removal
Act, which provides for the immediate deportation of aliens who are found to be
members of violet criminal gangs. Forbes was awarded the U.S. Navy’s highest civilian
honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award, for his committed service and leadership
in advancing the U.S. Navy.