Meet Sen. Mark Warner

Mark Warner, who served as governor of Virginia from 2002-2006 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, has established himself as a results-oriented leader committed to building bipartisan consensus to responsibly reduce the debt and deficit, create jobs, and strengthen the economy.

In the Senate, Senator Warner’s business experience earned him the opportunity to serve on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce, and Intelligence committees. He is a leading voice in Congress for fiscal responsibility and he works to find moderate, bipartisan compromises to try and break through  Congressional gridlock.  Senator Warner consistently reaches across the aisle to co-sponsor bills with Republican colleagues, and in 2011, he organized the Senate’s “Gang of Six,” which works to find a bipartisan path towards responsible deficit and debt reduction. Senator Warner’s business experience in the high-tech industry has also informed his work to encourage small businesses and start-up companies to expand and hire, and promote private-sector innovation.​

As the senior senator of a state with a proud history of military service and a significant population of military families and veterans, Senator Warner is a strong advocate for the men and women of our armed forces.  He has taken action to renovate and restore deteriorating military housing in Hampton Roads and to stop the use of toxic drywall in military and civilian housing. In an effort to ensure our veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned, Senator Warner also pressed the Veterans Administration to extend PTSD services to women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

As governor of Virginia, Governor Warner worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to turn record budget deficits into a surplus and recruit 135,000 new jobs to Virginia. While Governor Warner’s administration inherited budget shortfalls that ultimately grew to $6 billion, he left office with a budget surplus that allowed the largest single investment in K-12 education in Virginia history, a reinvestment in one of the nation’s premier public college and university systems, and a record investment in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Warner’s results-oriented approach to leadership positioned Virginia to be consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state,” the “best state for business,” and the state offering the best educational opportunities to its young people.

Senator Warner earned his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in 1977 and a law degree from Harvard in 1980. He lives with his wife, Lisa Collis, and three daughters, Madison, Gillian, and Eliza, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Before entering public office, Senator Warner co-founded the company that became Nextel, and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens-of-thousands of private sector jobs.