Mark R. Warner

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Mark Warner is currently serving as a Senator for Virginia

Mark R. Warner a Democrat, has represented the state of Virginia in the Senate since 2009. He served as Governor of Virginia from January 12, 2002 – January 14, 2006.

Positions, record and controversies


  • Crackdown on oil speculators who are manipulating the market. [1]
  • Apply pressure to OPEC nations to produce more, while empowering the Justice Department to crackdown on price gouging. [1]
  • Promote telecommuting and optional, flexible work schedules [1]
  • Expanding a tax credit for hybrid and battery technology vehicles [1]
  • Dramatically increase our research and development, to encourage innovative new technologies and alternative sources [1]
  • Off-shore exploration in search of natural gas [1]
  • Working with auto makers to raise fuel efficiency standards [1]
  • Upgrade and expand domestic refining capacity [1]
  • Implement cap-and-trade proposals to responsibly limit carbon emissions [1]

Health Care

Warner supports bringing down the price of prescription drugs and supports affordable, universal health care coverage for Americans. [1]

Iraq War

Warner supports bringing troops home but not under artificial time lines. Warner believes in properly supporting returning troops by providing the money and resources to care for wounded veterans. [1]


"A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Governor Warner graduated from George Washington University in 1977 and from Harvard Law School in 1980. His subsequent business career included helping create more than 70 telecommunications and information technology companies and serving as a founding partner of Columbia Capital Corporation, a Virginia technology venture capital fund. Active in technology and education issues, he started the Virginia High-Tech Partnership in 1997 and has chaired the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He was also the founding chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Warner served as chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 1993 to 1995, and in 2002 he was inaugurated as Virginia's governor. He was the Appalachian Regional Commission's 2004 states' co-chair." [1]

2008 elections

Possible candidacy in the U.S. presidential election, 2008

  • Warner formed a political action committee (PAC) "to begin raising money for a possible run at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 while he finishes his term in Virginia." The PAC "will be a 'federal leadership committee,' a precursor to a formal exploratory committee, which would be needed to officially campaign for office." --Washington Post, June 10, 2005.
  • Warner hired Monica Dixon, Al Gore's former deputy chief of staff "to be the federal PAC's first part-time consultant." Dixon "will help set up meetings between Warner and Democrats across the country as he makes the transition from governor to private citizen." --Washington Post, June 10, 2005.
  • "The budding presidential ambitions of" Governor Warner "were nourished last night with the commodity all national political aspirants need -- a large dose of cash." --Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 7, 2005.

Senate election

On September 13, Mark Warner confirmed early rumors that he would run for Senate. He stated, "I’ve decided the way I can contribute most to getting our country back on the right track is to serve in the United States Senate." Mark Warner's announcement was a major pick up for the Democrats, as he offered a strong possibility of taking a seat that would have been safely Republican had Sen. John Warner sought reelection. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised Warner, saying "I have come to know Mark in the last six months and have seen he is an outstanding American leader who will run a great campaign and be a tremendous asset to his state and his country. We’re excited about his campaign and even more excited about him joining us in the Senate."[2]

While it appeared unlikely that Mark Warner would be up against a challenger in the Democratic primary, Republican Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) both appeared to be eying the Republican nomination.[3]

Warner won the Democratic nomination to run for the Senate seat that will be left vacant after Sen. John Warner's retirement.[4]. Warner defeated Republican challenger Jim Gilmore in November 2008 general elections. [5]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations


Warner will be assigned committees shortly.


More background data


Official Warner for Senate campaign website

Friends of Mark Warner
1029 North Royal Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Phone: 703-740-5100

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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Mark Warner for Congress "Where Mark Warner Stands"
  2. Aaron Blake, "Mark Warner confirms Senate run," The Hill, September 13, 2007.
  3. Aaron Blake, "Mark Warner confirms Senate run," The Hill, September 13, 2007.
  4. 2008 Race Tracker page on Virginia’s Senate Race
  5. "Virginia 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008
  6. Trustees, Council for America's First Freedom, accessed January 30, 2009.

Wikipedia also has an article on Mark R. Warner. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

External resources


External articles

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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Committees: Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
110th Congress
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Committees: n/a
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 4, 2014
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Governor of Virginia
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 101 W. Main St., Suite 4900, Norfolk, VA 23510
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2. 5309 Commonwealth Centre Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
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3. 180 W. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210
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Campaign Contact:

Website: Official Warner for Senate Campaign Wesbite
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Campaign Offices:

1. Friends of Mark Warner, 1029 North Royal Street, Alexandria VA 22314
Phone: 703-740-5100 / Fax:

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Date of Birth: December 15, 1954