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also known as Robert James Nicholson

ambassador , Lawyer , secretary

Jim Nicholson, lawyer, former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, former ambassador. Board directors Daniels Fund, Federated Funds, Horatio Alger Association; Fellow: United States Chamber of Commerce.


Nicholson, Jim was born on February 4, 1938 in Struble, Iowa, United States. Son of Don and Helen Nicholson.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1961. Master of Arts in Public Policy, Columbia University, 1969. Juris Doctor, University Denver, 1972.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Denver. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. John's University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Dallas.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Catholic University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Ave Maria University. Doctor of Philosophy in Public Service (honorary), Regis University, 2001.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), John Cabot University, 2002. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Kings College.


Attorney, Denver, 1973-1978. Founder Nicholson Enterprises, Inc., 1978, Renaissance Homes, Denver, 1987. Committeeman from Colorado Republican National Committee, 1986—2000, vice Chairman, 1993—1997, chairman, 1997—2001.

United States ambassador to The Holy See United States Department State, Rome, 2001—2005. Secretary United States Department Veterans Affairs, Washington, 2005—2007. Senior counsel Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, since 2008.

Chairman task force presidential primaries and caucuses Republican National Committee, 1996, chairman rules committee, 1993-1997, member budget committee. With United States Army, 1961-1969, with United States Army Reserve, 1969-1991, retired as colonel.


Board directors Daniels Fund, Federated Funds, Horatio Alger Association. Fellow: United States Chamber of Commerce.


Married Suzanne Marie Ferrell. Children: Nick, Katie, R.J.

Don Nicholson

Helen Nicholson

Suzanne Marie Ferrell

Nick Nicholson

Katie Nicholson

R.J Nicholson