Paul S. Trible, Jr

Paul S. Trible, Jr.
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
Succeeded by Chuck Robb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Thomas N. Downing
Succeeded by Herbert H. Bateman
Personal details
Born Paul Seward Trible, Jr.
(1946-12-29) December 29, 1946 (age 67)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rosemary D. Trible
Alma mater Hampden-Sydney College (B.A.)
Washington and Lee University (J.D.)

Paul Seward Trible, Jr. (born December 29, 1946) is a lawyer and Republican politician from Virginia, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms, as well as in the U.S. Senate for one term. He is currently president of Christopher Newport University.

Education and Early Career

Trible graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 1971, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and was soon after admitted to the Virginia Bar. He was a law clerk for a federal judge from 1971 to 1972, and then an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia from 1972 to 1974.

Political Career

In 1973 he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Essex County, Virginia, serving from 1974 to 1976. In 1976 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, winning reelection in 1978 and 1980. In 1982 received the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Harry F. Byrd, Jr., and in November of that year won the seat, defeating Lt. Governor Richard Joseph Davis, Jr. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1983 to 1989, declining to seek reelection in 1988. He was the early favorite to capture the GOP nomination for governor in 1989, he was challenged in the primary by Marshall Coleman. Coleman won the nomination, but ultimately lost to Democrat L. Douglas Wilder. During the last year of his Senate term, Trible served simultaneously as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations. In 1989, between his retirement from the Senate, and his run for governor, he was a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



Trible won election to the U.S. House of Representatives with 48.56% of the vote, defeating Democrat Robert E. Quinn and Independent Mary B. McClaine.


Trible won re-election over Democrat Lewis B. Puller, Jr., with 72.06% of the vote.


Trible won re-election over Sharon D. Grant with 90.48% of the vote.


Trible won election to the U.S. Senate with 51.18% of the vote, defeating Democrat Richard J. Davis.

Christopher Newport University

In January, 1996, Trible became the fifth president of Christopher Newport University. The 35 year old institution had recently achieved full university status, and came at a time when the school was undergoing many changes as it evolved from a community college to a university.

In late 2006, CNU’s Board of Visitors announced that a new library and a merit scholarship with a $500,000 endowment would be named in honor of President Trible and his wife in recognition of their leadership and contributions to the university.

Trible also serves on the Council of Presidents of Virginia’s public colleges and universities, as well as Chair of the NCAA Division III President's Council.

Personal life

He is married to Rosemary Dunaway Trible and they have two children, Mary Katherine, who is married to Dr. Barrett W. R. Peters, and Paul S. Trible, III. His father was Paul Seward Trible, Sr., the son of George Meredith and Clara (Seward) Trible. His mother was Katherine (Schilpp) Trible.


  • Trible, Paul. The Chronicle of Higher Education 15 Jul. 2005: B16.
  • Trible, Paul. The Washington Post 19 Apr. 2005: A12.

External links

  • The Political Graveyard
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Christopher Newport University
    • The Paul and Rosemary Trible Library
    • Ferguson Center for the Arts
Preceded by
Thomas N. Downing
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

1977 – 1983
Succeeded by
Herbert H. Bateman
Preceded by
Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
United States Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
1983 – 1989
Served alongside: John W. Warner
Succeeded by
Charles S. Robb
Academic offices
Preceded by
Anthony R. Santoro
President of Christopher Newport University
Succeeded by

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