Highlights of Warner's Term
Jan. 12, 2002 : Mark R. Warner is sworn in as Virginia's 69th governor. In his inaugural speech he calls for "a little revolution," promises "straight talk" about the state's budget problems and offers the "hand of friendship" to Republicans.
Oct. 10, 2002 : Warner warns Virginians to be alert to their surroundings and be vigilant about the whereabouts of their children as snipers terrorize the region.
Oct. 15, 2002 : In a somber speech televised statewide, Warner announces emergency spending cuts of $858 million, including nearly 2,000 layoffs of state workers.
Nov. 5, 2002 : In referendums, voters in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads reject raising their sales-tax rates to pay for road and transit projects.
Feb. 4, 2003: The Republican-controlled legislature rejects Warner's push to allow future governors to serve two consecutive terms. Later in the month, it kills another Warner-backed bill, which would have made wearing seat belts mandatory.
Nov. 24, 2003 : Calling the need to fix the state's finances urgent, Warner proposes a sweeping plan to raise some taxes, lower others and generate an additional $1 billion for state services.
May 7, 2004 : After a two-month deadlock and under the threat of a government shutdown, the General Assembly approves a tax plan that is 50 percent larger than what Warner proposed.
July 1, 2004 : Warner becomes chairman of the National Governors Association and uses the platform to advocate changes in Medicaid and high school education. He travels more, raising his national profile.
June 10, 2005 : Warner reveals his intention to create a federal political action committee, a first step if he wants to run for president. He hires a former aide to Al Gore and begins planning his post-Virginia future.
Nov. 8, 2005 : Warner celebrates Democrat Timothy M. Kaine's victory over Republican Jerry W. Kilgore after campaigning nonstop for his lieutenant governor. The national media conclude that Warner is the big winner.