At a Glance
- Career History: Virginia governor (2002 to 2006); Partner, Columbia Capital (1989 to 2002); Campaign Manager for Douglas Wilder (1989)
- Birthday: Dec. 15, 1954
- Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
- Alma Mater: George Washington University, B.A., 1977; Harvard University, J.D., 1980
- Spouse: Lisa Collis
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation ; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs ; Budget ; Rules and Administration ; Select Intelligence
- DC Office: 459A Russell Senate Office Building, 202-224-2023
Path to Power
Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Warner is the son of Robert and Marge Warner, an insurance agent and housewife. The political bug struck Warner early on. "In 1968, I was in the eighth grade - old enough to get touched by the idealism of the '60s, but not old enough to get jaded by it," he says. "This world was transforming around the whole notion that you could make change."
After graduating from high school in Vernon, Conn., in 1973, Warner went on to George Washington University. He graduated from GWU in 1977, the first member of his family to receive a college diploma, and quickly moved on to Harvard Law, graduating in 1980.
Warner has a strong reputation as both a moderate and a nonpartisan politician. He reached across party lines to clean up Virginia's finances and staked moderate positions on many social issues.
As senator, Warner is expected to push forward on the key issues of fiscal responsibility, healthcare and national competitiveness. Energy, he has said, will be his first priority in the Senate. "Energy could be the issue that challenges America's imagination and innovation," he said after his election.
Warner began building his list of D.C. contacts while still in college, when he worked for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).
Though Warner ran against John Warner in 1996 with the slogan "MarkNotJohn," the elder Warner went on to advise the younger, supporting his tax increases while Warner was governor. He later vowed not to run for Senate until the senior Senator declared his intention not to seek re-election, which he did in 2008. The elder Warner even flirted with the idea of crossing party lines to vote for the younger. "I'm watching that race, following the positions of the two candidates," John Warner said in early October 2008. "There have been occasions when I have supported Democratic candidates. … But I'm not there yet."