Mark Warner

Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Virginia, a seat he was first elected to in 2008. He is a member of the Democratic Party and currently a Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Prior to his congressional career, Warner was the 69th Governor of Virginia holding the office from 2002 to 2006, and is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Apart from politics, Warner is also known for his involvement in telecommunications-related venture capital during the 1980s; he founded the firm Columbia Capital.

In 2006, he was widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election; however, he announced in October 2006 that he would not run, citing a desire not to disrupt his family life. Warner was considered to be a potential vice presidential candidate, until he took himself out of consideration after winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.[1]

Running against his gubernatorial predecessor, Jim Gilmore, Warner won his first election to the Senate in 2008 with 65% of the vote. Warner won reelection in 2014, narrowly defeating Ed Gillespie.

Mark Warner
Mark Warner 113th Congress photo
Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Elizabeth Warren
LeaderChuck Schumer
Preceded byChuck Schumer
United States Senator
from Virginia
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Tim Kaine
Preceded byJohn Warner
69th Governor of Virginia
In office
January 12, 2002 – January 14, 2006
LieutenantTim Kaine
Preceded byJim Gilmore
Succeeded byTim Kaine
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 20, 2004 – July 18, 2005
Preceded byDirk Kempthorne
Succeeded byMike Huckabee
Chair of the Virginia Democratic Party
In office
May 4, 1993 – September 18, 1995
Preceded byPaul Goldman
Succeeded bySuzie Wrenn
Personal details
Born
Mark Robert Warner

December 15, 1954 (age 64)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Lisa Collis (m. 1989)
Children3
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
Signature
Mark Warner's signature
WebsiteSenate website

Early life, education, and business career

Warner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Marjorie (née Johnston) and Robert F. Warner. He has a younger sister, Lisa. He grew up in Illinois, and later in Vernon, Connecticut, where he graduated from Rockville High School, a public secondary school. He has credited his interest in politics to his eighth grade social studies teacher, Jim Tyler, who "inspired him to work for social and political change during the tumultuous year of 1968."[2] He was class president for three years at Rockville High School and hosted a weekly pick-up basketball game at his house, "a tradition that continues today."[2]

Warner graduated from George Washington University (GWU), earning his B.A. in 1977 with a 4.0 GPA and a minor in political science. He was valedictorian of his class at GWU and the first in his family to graduate from college.[2] At GWU he worked on Capitol Hill to pay for his tuition, riding his bike early mornings to the office of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT).[2] When his parents visited him at college, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House; when his father asked him why he didn't get a ticket for himself, he replied, "I'll see the White House when I'm president."[2]

Warner then graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1980 and coached the law school's first intramural women's basketball team. Warner has never practiced law.[2] In the early 1980s, he served as a staffer to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).[3] He later used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune. As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found or was an early investor in a number of technology companies, including Nextel. He co-founded Capital Cellular Corporation, and built up an estimated net worth of more than $200 million.[4][5] As of 2012, he was the wealthiest U.S. Senator.[6]

State activism

Warner involved himself in public efforts related to health care, transportation, telecommunications, information technology and education. He managed Douglas Wilder's successful 1989 gubernatorial campaign and served as chairman of the state Democratic Party from 1993-95. Warner also served, in the early 1990s, on the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board and sat in on monthly committee meetings of the Rail and Public Transportation Division (headed by Robert G. Corder).

1996 U.S. Senate election

He unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996 against incumbent Republican John Warner (no relation) in a "Warner versus Warner" election. Mark Warner performed strongly in the state's rural areas, making the contest much closer than many pundits expected.[3] He lost to the incumbent, 52%-47%, losing most parts of the state including the north.[7]

Governor of Virginia

2001 election

In 2001 Warner campaigned for governor as a moderate Democrat after years of slowly building up a power base in rural Virginia, particularly Southwest Virginia. His opponents were Republican Mark Earley, the state's attorney general, and the Libertarian candidate William B. Redpath. Warner won with 52.16 percent of the votes, 96,943 votes ahead of the next opponent.[8] Warner had a significant funding advantage, spending $20 million compared with Earley's $10 million.[9]

Warner also benefited from dissension in Republican ranks after a heated battle for the nomination between Earley, backed by religious conservatives, and then-lieutenant governor John H. Hager, some of whose supporters later openly backed Warner. In the same election, Republican Jerry Kilgore was elected attorney general, and Democrat Tim Kaine was elected lieutenant governor. In his campaign for governor in 2001, Warner said that he would not raise taxes.

Tenure

After he was elected in 2002, Warner drew upon a $900 million "rainy day fund" left by his predecessor, James S. Gilmore, III.[10] Warner campaigned in favor of two regional sales tax increases (Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads) to fund transportation. Virginians rejected both regional referendums to raise the sales tax.

In 2004, Warner worked with Democratic and moderate Republican legislators and the business community to reform the tax code, lowering food and some income taxes while increasing the sales and cigarette taxes. His tax package effected a net tax increase of approximately $1.5 billion annually. Warner credited the additional revenues with saving the state's AAA bond rating, held at the time by only five other states, and allowing the single largest investment in K-12 education in Virginia history. Warner also entered into an agreement with Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Virginia Senate to cap state car tax reimbursements to local governments.

During his tenure as governor, Warner influenced the world of college athletics. "Warner used his power as Virginia's governor in 2003 to pressure the Atlantic Coast Conference into revoking an invitation it had already extended to Syracuse University. Warner wanted the conference, which already included the University of Virginia, to add Virginia Tech instead — and he got his way."[11]

Mark Warner in Philadelphia, May 18, 2006, gesturing
Warner speaking in Philadelphia, May 2006.

Warner's popularity may have helped Democrats gain seats in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2003 and again in 2005, reducing the majorities built up by Republicans in the 1990s. Warner chaired the National Governors Association in 2004-05 and led a national high school reform movement. He chaired the Southern Governors' Association and was a member of the Democratic Governors Association. In January 2005, a two-year study,[12] the Government Performance Project, in conjunction with Governing magazine and the Pew Charitable Trust graded each state in four management categories: money, people, infrastructure and information. Virginia and Utah received the highest ratings average with both states receiving an A- rating overall, prompting Warner to dub Virginia "the best managed state in the nation."

Mark Warner, with Ward Armstrong and Jim Webb
Warner with Virginia House of Delegates minority leader Ward Armstrong (left) and then-U.S. Senator Jim Webb (right), November 4, 2007.

Kaine and Kilgore both sought to succeed Warner as governor of Virginia. (The Virginia Constitution forbids any governor from serving consecutive terms; so Warner could not have run for a second term in 2005.) On November 8, 2005, Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond, won with 52% of the vote. Kilgore, who had resigned as attorney general in February 2005 to campaign full-time and who had previously served as Virginia secretary of public safety, received 46% of the vote. Russ Potts, a Republican state senator, also ran for governor as an independent, receiving 2% of the vote. Warner had supported and campaigned for Kaine, and many national pundits considered Kaine's victory to be further evidence of Warner's political clout in Virginia.

On November 29, 2005, Warner commuted the death sentence of Robin Lovitt to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Lovitt was convicted of murdering Clayton Dicks at an Arlington pool hall in 1999. After his trial in 2001, Lovitt's lawyers stated that a court clerk illegally destroyed evidence that was used against Lovitt during his trial, but that could have possibly exonerated him upon further DNA testing.[13] Lovitt's death sentence would have been the 1,000th carried out in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment as permissible under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in 1976. In a statement, Warner said, "The actions of an agent of the commonwealth, in a manner contrary to the express direction of the law, comes at the expense of a defendant facing society's most severe and final sanction." Warner denied clemency in 11 other death penalty cases that came before him as governor.[14]

Warner also arranged for DNA tests of evidence left from the case of Roger Keith Coleman, who was put to death by the state in 1992. Coleman was convicted in the 1981 rape and stabbing death of his 19-year-old sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. Coleman drew national attention, even making the cover of Time, by repeatedly claiming innocence and protesting the unfairness of the death penalty. DNA results announced on January 12, 2006 confirmed Coleman's guilt.[15]

In July 2005, his approval ratings were at 74%[16] and in some polls reached 80%.[17] Warner left office with a 71% approval rating in one poll.[18]

U.S. Senate

2008 election

Mark Warner nomination
Warner accepts the nomination as the Democratic candidate for the Senate

Warner was believed to be preparing to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, and had "done everything but announce his candidacy" before suddenly stating in October 2006 he would not run for president, citing family reasons.[19] Warner declared on September 13, 2007 that he would run for the U.S. Senate being vacated by the retiring John Warner (no relation) in 2008.

Mark Warner DNC 2008
Warner delivers the keynote address during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Warner immediately gained the endorsement of most national Democrats. He held a wide lead over his Republican opponent, fellow former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, for virtually the entire campaign.[20] Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[21]

In a Washington Post/ABC News Poll dated September 24, 2008, Warner held a 30-point lead over Gilmore.[22]

In the November election, Warner defeated Gilmore, taking 65 percent of the vote to Gilmore's 34 percent. Warner carried all but four counties in the state—Rockingham, Augusta, Powhatan and Hanover. In many cases, he ran up huge margins in areas of the state that have traditionally voted Republican.[23] This was the most lopsided margin for a contested Senate race in Virginia since Chuck Robb took 72 percent of the vote in 1988. As a result of Warner's victory, Virginia had two Democratic U.S. Senators for the first time since Harry Byrd, Jr. left the Democrats to become an independent (while still caucusing with the Democrats) in 1970.

2014 election

In 2014, Warner faced Ed Gillespie, who had previously served as Counselor to the President under George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie criticized him for using tax payer money to fly in a luxury airplane.[24] Warner's margin of victory—only 17,000 votes—was much narrower than expected.[25]

Tenure

Upon arriving in the U.S. Senate in 2009, Warner was appointed to the Senate's Banking, Budget, and Commerce committees. Warner was later named to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2011.[26]

In 2009, Warner voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus bill. As a member of the Budget Committee, he submitted an amendment designed to help the government track how the stimulus dollars were being spent.[27]

When offered the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in preparation for the 2012 election cycle, Warner declined because he wanted to keep a distance from the partisanship of the role.[28]

In the fall of 2012, Warner was approached by supporters about possibly leaving the Senate to seek a second four-year term as Virginia's governor. After considering the prospect, Warner announced shortly after the November 2012 elections that he had chosen to remain in the Senate because he was "all in" on finding a bipartisan solution to the country's fiscal challenges.[29]

Barack Obama aboard Air Force One, July 13, 2012
President Barack Obama and Tim Kaine listen to Senator Warner, aboard Air Force One, July 13, 2012

Warner became the senior senator on January 3, 2013 when Jim Webb left the Senate and was replaced by Tim Kaine, who was lieutenant governor while Warner was governor.

Warner has been identified as a radical centrist,[30] working to foster compromise in the Senate.[31] Warner was ranked the 10th most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate during the 114th United States Congress in the Bipartisan Index, created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy to assess congressional bipartisanship.[32] According to the same methodology, Senator Warner was the second most bipartisan Democrat in the 115th United States Congress.

Health care

On a video in his senate office, Warner promised Virginians, “I would not vote for a health-care plan that doesn't let you keep health insurance you like.” [33]

He voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA, commonly called Obamacare), helping the Senate reach the required sixty votes to prevent it from going to a filibuster. (As there were exactly 60 Democratic Senators at the time, each Democrat can be said to have cast the deciding vote.)[34] He and 11 Senate freshmen discussed adding an amendment package aimed at addressing health care costs by expanding health IT and wellness prevention.[35][36]

Finance

From the start of his Senate term, Warner attempted to replicate in Washington, D.C. the bipartisan partnerships that he used effectively during his tenure as Virginia governor. In 2010, Warner worked with a Republican colleague on the Banking Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), to write a key portion of the Dodd-Frank Act that seeks to end taxpayer bailouts of failing Wall Street financial firms by requiring “advance funeral plans” for large financial firms.[37]

In 2013, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress gave Sens. Warner and Corker its Publius Award for their bipartisan work on financial reform legislation.[38]

In 2018, Warner became one of the few Democrats in the Senate supporting a bill that would relax “key banking regulations”. As part of at least 11 other Democrats, Warner argued that the bill would “right-size post-crisis rules imposed on small and regional lenders and help make it easier for them to provide credit”. Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren have stated their opposition to the legislation.[39]

Defense

Mark Warner, official 111th Congress photo portrait
Mark Warner's freshman portrait

In 2011, Warner voted for the four-year extension of the USA PATRIOT Act. In 2011, he engaged Northern Virginia's high-tech community in a pro-bono effort to correct burial mistakes and other U.S. Army management deficiencies at Arlington National Cemetery.[40] In 2012, he successfully pushed the Navy to improve the substandard military housing in Hampton Roads.[41]

Also in 2012, he pushed the Office of Personnel Management to address chronic backlogs in processing retirement benefits for federal workers, many of whom live in Washington's northern Virginia suburbs.[42] Warner was successful in pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand access to PTSD treatment for female military veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan.[43]

In August 2013, Warner was one of twenty-three Democratic senators to sign a letter to the Defense Department warning of some payday lenders "offering predatory loan products to service members at exorbitant triple digit effective interest rates and loan products that do not include the additional protections envisioned by the law" and asserting that service members along with their families "deserve the strongest possible protections and swift action to ensure that all forms of credit offered to members of our armed forces are safe and sound."[44]

Warner was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the Navy's highest honor for a civilian, for his consistent support of Virginia's military families and veterans.[45]

Economy

Between 2010 and 2013, Warner invested considerable time and effort in leading the Senate's Gang of Six, along with Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).[46] Together, Chambliss and Warner sought to craft a bipartisan plan along the lines of the Simpson-Bowles Commission to address U.S. deficits and debt.[47]

Although the Gang of Six ultimately failed to produce a legislative “grand bargain”, they did agree on the broad outlines of a plan that included spending cuts, tax reforms that produced more revenue, and reforms to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security—entitlement reforms that are opposed by most Democrats.[48] Although President Obama showed interest in the plan, leaders in Congress from both parties kept a deal from being made.[49] In 2011, the bipartisan Concord Coalition awarded Warner and Chambliss its Economic Patriots Award for their work with the Gang of Six.[50]

Gun laws

On April 17, 2013, Warner voted to expand background checks for gun purchases as part of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.[51][52]

In 2017, he called himself a strong supporter of second amendment rights and vowed to advocate for responsible gun ownership for hunting, recreation, and self-defense.[53]

LGBT issues

Warner supports same-sex marriage, announcing his support for same-sex marriage in a statement on his Facebook page in March 2013. His announcement came shortly after Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri announced her support for the institution.[54] In July 2015, Warner and his Senate counterpart Tim Kaine cosponsored the Equality Act along with 38 other Senators and 158 members of the House of Representatives, with Kaine stating "it's critical that we prohibit discrimination in housing, education and the workplace."[55]

Transparency

On the Senate Budget Committee, Warner was appointed chairman of a bipartisan task force on government performance in 2009.[56] Warner was a lead sponsor of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which imposed specific program performance goals across all federal agencies and set up a more transparent agency performance review process.[57]

On May 21, 2013, Warner introduced the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (S. 994; 113th Congress), DATA. “The legislation requires standardized reporting of federal spending to be posted to a single website, allowing citizens to track spending in their communities and agencies to more easily identify improper payments, waste and fraud.”[58][59] On November 6, 2013, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee unanimously passed DATA.[60]

On January 27, 2014, a version of the White House Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) marked up version of the bill was leaked. This White House version “move[s] away from standards and toward open data structures to publish information” and “requir[es] OMB in consultation with Treasury to review and, if necessary, revise standards to ensure accuracy and consistency through methods such as establishing linkages between data in agency financial systems...”[61] Senator Warner's responded with the following statement: “The Obama administration talks a lot about transparency, but these comments reflect a clear attempt to gut the DATA Act. DATA reflects years of bipartisan, bicameral work, and to propose substantial, unproductive changes this late in the game is unacceptable. We look forward to passing the DATA Act, which had near universal support in its House passage and passed unanimously out of its Senate committee. I will not back down from a bill that holds the government accountable and provides taxpayers the transparency they deserve.”[62][63]

On April 10, 2014, the Senate voted by unanimous consent to pass the bill, which was then passed by the House in a voice vote on April 28, 2014.[64]

Minimum wage

In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two-year period.[65] The bill was strongly supported by President Barack Obama and many Democratic Senators, but strongly opposed by Republicans in the Senate and House.[66][67][68] Warner expressed a willingness to negotiate with Republicans about some of the provisions of the bill, such as the timeline for the phase-in.[67] Warner said that any increase needs to be done “in a responsible way.”[69]

Other issues

Secretary Kerry, Senators McCain and Warner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, and Representative Engel Chat Before Greeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia
Senator Warner before greeting the new King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 27, 2015

Warner was the original Democratic sponsor of the Startup Act legislation and has partnered with the bill's original author Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce three iterations of the bill: Startup Act in 2011, Startup Act 2.0 in 2012 and Startup Act 3.0 in early 2013. Warner describes the legislation as the 'logical next step' following enactment of the bipartisan JOBS Act.[70]

In 2015, Warner criticized the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, saying: “I'm concerned in particular with some of the indiscriminate bombing in Yemen ... [Gulf states] need to step up and they need to step up with more focus than the kind of indiscriminate bombing.”[71]

In June 2017, Warner voted to support Trump's $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.[72]

In May 2018, Warner voted for Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director.[73]

In 2016, American foreign policy scholar Stefan Halper served as an FBI operative and contacted members of the 2016 Donald Trump Presidential campaign.[73][74][75] In May 2018, Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned Republican lawmakers that it would be “potentially illegal” to reveal the identity of Stefan Halper.[76]

In December 2018, Warner called Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a threat to U.S. national security.[77]

In February 2019, Warner was one of eleven senators to sign a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging them "to work with all federal, state and local regulators, as well as the hundreds of independent power producers and electricity distributors nation-wide to ensure our systems are protected" and affirming that they were "ready and willing to provide any assistance you need to secure our critical electricity infrastructure."[78]

In April 2019, Warner was one of thirty-four senators to sign a letter to President Trump encouraging him "to listen to members of your own Administration and reverse a decision that will damage our national security and aggravate conditions inside Central America", asserting that Trump had "consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance" since becoming president and that he was "personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity" through preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding. The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries created less migration to the U.S., citing the funding's helping to improve conditions in those countries.[79]

Warner welcomed the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who had exposed American war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying that Julian Assange is "a dedicated accomplice in efforts to undermine American security."[80]

Controversies

In October 2014, Warner was implicated in a federal investigation of the 2014 resignation of Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett, a Democrat. He is alleged to have “discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator's daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.” [81] A Warner spokesman acknowledged that the conversation occurred, but said Warner made no “explicit” job offer[82] and that he and Puckett were simply "brainstorming".[83]

In January 2015, the Republican Party of Virginia filed a formal complaint against Warner with the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics, alleging Warner's interactions with Puckett violated the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.[84]

Campaign contributions

From 2008-14, some of his top ten campaign contributors were JP Morgan Chase, the Blackstone Group and Columbia Capital.[85] BlackRock had never contributed until Warner bought shares in the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund in 2011.[85]

Committee assignments

Electoral history

United States Senate election in Virginia, 1996[86]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Warner (Incumbent) 1,235,744 52.48% -28.43%
Democratic Mark Warner 1,115,982 47.39%
Write-ins 2,989 0.13%
Majority 119,762 5.09% -57.67%
Turnout 2,354,715
Republican hold Swing
Virginia gubernatorial election, 2001[87]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mark Warner 984,177 52.16% +9.60%
Republican Mark Earley 887,234 47.03% -8.79%
Libertarian Bill Redpath 14,497 0.77%
Write-ins 813 0.04%
Majority 96,943 5.14% -8.11%
Turnout 1,886,721
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
United States Senate election in Virginia, 2008[88]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mark Warner 2,369,327 65.03% +65.03%
Republican Jim Gilmore 1,228,830 33.72% -48.85%
Independent Greens Glenda Parker 21,690 0.60%
Libertarian Bill Redpath 20,269 0.56%
Write-ins 3,178 0.09%
Majority 1,140,497 31.30% -41.53%
Turnout 3,643,294
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
United States Senate election in Virginia, 2014[89]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mark Warner (Incumbent) 1,073,667 49.15% -15.88%
Republican Ed Gillespie 1,055,940 48.34% +14.62%
Libertarian Robert Sarvis 53,102 2.43% +1.87%
Other Write-ins 1,764 0.08% -0.01%
Plurality 17,727 0.81% -30.49%
Turnout 2,184,473
Democratic hold Swing

Personal life

Warner is married to Lisa Collis, whom he had met in 1984 at a fraternity keg party in Washington, D.C..[2] While on their honeymoon in 1989 in Egypt and Greece, Warner became ill; when he returned home, doctors discovered he had suffered a near-fatal burst appendix. Warner spent two months in the hospital recovering from the illness.[2] During her husband's tenure as governor, Collis was the first Virginia first lady to use her maiden name. Warner and Collis have three daughters: Madison, Gillian, and Eliza.

Warner is involved in farming and winemaking at his Rappahannock Bend farm. There, he grows 15 acres (61,000 m2) of grapes for Ingleside Vineyards; Ingleside bottles a private label that Warner offers at charity auctions.[90]

Warner has an estimated net worth of $257 million as of 2014.[91]

Honorary degrees

Mark Warner has been awarded several honorary degrees, these include:

Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree
 Virginia 2002 College of William and Mary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [92]
 District of Columbia 2003 George Washington University Doctor of Public Service (DPS) [93]
 North Carolina 15 May 2006 Wake Forest University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [94]
 Virginia 2007 Lord Fairfax Community College Associate of Humane Letters
 Virginia 20 May 2007 Eastern Virginia Medical School Doctorate [95]
 Virginia 25 May 2013 George Mason University Doctorate [96]
 Virginia 19 May 2018 Virginia State University Doctorate [97]

See also

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Preceded by
Paul Goldman
Chair of the Virginia Democratic Party
1993–1995
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Suzie Wrenn
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Edythe Harrison
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Virginia
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1996
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Don Beyer
Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia
2001
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Barack Obama
Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
2008
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2002–2006
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2004–2005
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Mike Huckabee
U.S. Senate
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1996 United States Senate election in Virginia

The 1996 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 5, 1996. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Warner won re-election to a fourth term over Democratic challenger Mark Warner, who is of no relation.

2001 Virginia gubernatorial election

The 2001 Virginia gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2001. Incumbent Republican Governor Jim Gilmore was barred from seeking a second term; Democratic nominee Mark Warner, the 1996 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, defeated Republican nominee Mark Earley, the Attorney General of Virginia.

2008 Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection

This article lists individuals who were potential Democratic Party candidates for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 presidential election. After Illinois Senator Barack Obama became the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee on June 3, 2008, Obama formed a small committee, made up of James A. Johnson (who stepped down after one week), Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy, to help him select a running mate. Veteran Democratic lawyer and advisor James "Jim" Hamilton, of the firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, later replaced Johnson in vetting candidates.Obama strongly considered Senator Evan Bayh and governors Tim Kaine and Kathleen Sebelius, but Obama ultimately decided to select Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate. The Obama-Biden ticket won the 2008 presidential election, defeating the Republican McCain-Palin ticket.

2008 United States Senate election in Virginia

The 2008 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Warner decided to retire instead of seeking a sixth term. Democrat Mark Warner (no relation) won the open seat by the most lopsided margin for a contested Senate race in Virginia in 20 years. Warner became the first Democrat to win this seat since 1972 when the Republicans first won it. This was also the first time since 1964 that the state voted simultaneously for a Democratic presidential candidate and a Democratic Senate candidate.

2014 United States Senate election in Virginia

The 2014 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate, elections to the United States House of Representatives, and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner ran for re-election to a second term. He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The Republicans nominated lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee Ed Gillespie. Also running was Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis, an attorney and businessman.

Although Warner had been consistently leading Gillespie by double-digit margins in polls before October, Gillespie nearly upset Warner on Election Day, losing by a margin of just 0.8% and 17,727 votes. Gillespie conceded the race on November 7, 2014.

2016 Florida Democratic primary

The 2016 Florida Democratic primary took place on March 15 in the U.S. state of Florida as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

On the same day, the Democratic Party held primaries in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, while the Republican Party held primaries in the same five states, including their own Florida primary, plus the Northern Mariana Islands.

2016 Montana Democratic primary

The 2016 Montana Democratic primary was held on June 7 in the U.S. state of Montana as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic Party's primaries in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota were held the same day, as were Republican primaries in the same five states, including their own Montana primary. Additionally, the Democratic Party held North Dakota caucuses the same day.

2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary

The 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary took place on February 9. As per tradition, it was the first primary and second nominating contest overall to take place in the cycle. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the primary by a margin of more than 22% in the popular vote. Sanders claimed 15 delegates to Clinton's 9.It occurred on the same day as the Republican primary.

Draft Mark Warner movement

The Draft Mark Warner for President committee was an effort to promote the candidacy of former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner. It was founded the day after the 2004 presidential election by Democratic Party activist Eddie Ratliff of Virginia. On October 23, 2007, the Draft Warner for President Committee received a letter from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in response to the committee's declaration of intent to cease operations, dated October 2, 2007, and was allowed to terminate its affairs and cease filing with the FEC. Warner had announced his intent to become a Senate candidate prior to the committee's letter to the FEC.

John Warner

John William Warner KBE (born February 18, 1927) is an American attorney and former politician who served as the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and a five-term Republican U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1979 to 2009. He currently works for the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he had previously worked before joining the United States Department of Defense as the Under Secretary of the Navy during the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1969.

Warner was the sixth husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married before being elected to the Senate. He is a veteran of the Second World War and Korean War, and was one of five World War II veterans serving in the Senate at the time of his retirement. He did not seek reelection in 2008.

List of House characters

This page is a comprehensive listing and detailing of the various characters who appear, from time to time, in the television series House. The list is divided episode-wise, as well as character-wise, and includes recurring characters, such as Rachel Taub, and Dominika, as well as characters who appear in only a few episodes, such as Juan Alvarez (House) and Steve McQueen (the rat).

List of United States Senators from Virginia

Virginia has sent senators to the U.S. Senate since 1789. Its Senate seats were declared vacant in March 1861, due to its secession from the Union, but Senators representing its western counties continued to sit until March 1863. Virginia's Senate seats were again filled from January 1870. Virginia's current Senators are Democrats Mark Warner and 2016 nominee for Vice President of the United States Tim Kaine.

Mark Warner (Canadian politician)

Mark A. A. Warner (born 1964) is a Canadian international trade and competition (antitrust) lawyer previously with the Toronto firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin and with the Government of Ontario.Warner was chosen in February 2007 as the Conservative Party of Canada's candidate for the House of Commons in the riding of Toronto Centre by-election following the retirement of Bill Graham, but on October 30, the national council of the party replaced him as its candidate because of differences between Warner's campaign and the national party's campaign over social and urban issues.

Mark Warner (film editor)

Mark Warner (born February 24, 1954) is an American Oscar nominated film editor who was nominated at the 1989 Academy Awards for Best Film Editing for the film Driving Miss Daisy

He has done over 30 films since 1978

In addition, he was nominated for an Emmy with Edward Warschilka for And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself in the category Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

He often works with director Bruce Beresford. (See: List of film director and editor collaborations)

Nationwide opinion polling for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries

This is a collection of scientific, public nationwide opinion polls that have been conducted relating to the 2008 Democratic presidential candidates.

Senate Democratic Caucus

The Democratic Caucus of the United States Senate, sometimes referred to as the Democratic Conference, is the formal organization of all senators who are part of the Democratic Party in the United States Senate. For the makeup of the 116th Congress, the conference additionally includes two independent senators (Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine) who formally caucus with the Democrats for the purpose of committee assignments and structural organization, bringing the current total to 47 members. The central organizational front for Democrats in the senate, its primary function is communicating the party's message to all of its members under a single banner.

Statewide opinion polling for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries

This article contains opinion polling by U.S. state for the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries. For currency and accuracy, please note the specific dates for each polling as listed below.

For the significance of the earliest state votes, the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, see United States presidential primary – Iowa and New Hampshire. To know when any given state votes, see the timeline of primaries and caucuses.

Note: A statistical tie occurs when two data points from within a set are within twice the margin of error of each other. When adding polls remember to double the margin of error provided to see the true result.

Tim Kaine

Timothy Michael Kaine (, born February 26, 1958) is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 and 70th Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. Kaine was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kaine grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, graduated from the University of Missouri and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School before entering private practice and becoming a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law. He was first elected to public office in 1994, when he won a seat on the Richmond City Council. He was then elected Mayor of Richmond in 1998 and was in that position until being elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001. Kaine was elected Governor of Virginia in 2005 and was in that office from 2006 to 2010. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

On July 22, 2016, Hillary Clinton announced that she had selected Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate in the 2016 presidential election, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention nominated him on July 27. Despite winning a plurality of the national popular vote, the Clinton-Kaine ticket lost the Electoral College, and thus the election, to the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence on November 8, 2016.

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Virginia's delegation(s) to the 111th–114th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)
111th Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner House: F. Wolf | R. Boucher | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | B. Scott | E. Cantor | R. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Connolly | G. Nye | T. Perriello
112th Senate: J. Webb | M. Warner House: F. Wolf | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | B. Scott | E. Cantor | R. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Connolly | M. Griffith | B. Hurt | S. Rigell
113th Senate: M. Warner | T. Kaine House: F. Wolf | J. Moran | B. Goodlatte | B. Scott | E. Cantor (until Aug. 2014) | R. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Connolly | M. Griffith | B. Hurt | S. Rigell | D. Brat (from Nov. 2014)
114th Senate: M. Warner | T. Kaine House: B. Goodlatte | B. Scott | R. Forbes | R. Wittman | G. Connolly | M. Griffith | B. Hurt | S. Rigell | D. Brat | D. Beyer | B. Comstock

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