Randy Forbes is a former U.S. Representative, serving as the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 4th District from 2001 to 2017. He was a member of the Virginia Senate from 1998 to 2001 and began his political career in the Virginia House of Delegates, serving from 1989 to 1997. Forbes also served as Republican Party Chairman for Virginia from 1996 to 2001.
Forbes served as chairman of the Committee on Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces and was a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Readiness.
He was a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, and served on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet and the Subcommittee on the Constitution. He was also the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
In addition to the committees and subcommittees that he served on, he was chairman and founder of the Congressional China Caucus and the founder and chairman of the Modeling and Simulation Caucus. Outside of public office, Forbes is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College and Regent College. He is one of only a handful of individuals to receive the highest civilian award from both the United States Army and the United States Navy for service to the national defense of the country.