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Mark Warner
Mark Warner.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn W. Warner (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayDecember 15, 1954
Place of birthIndianapolis, IN
Net worth$257,481,658
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Warner (b. December 15, 1954, in Indianapolis, IN) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Warner was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and is currently serving his first term.[1]

Warner is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2014.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Warner is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Warner was born in Indiana and raised in Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from George Washington University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He co-founded the cell phone company that became Nextel.[3] Prior to serving in the Senate, Warner served as governor of Virginia from 2002-2006.[4]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Warner's political career:[5]

  • 1993-1995: Virginia Democratic Party chairman
  • 2002-2006: Governor of Virginia
  • 2008-Present: U.S. Senator, Virginia

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Warner serves on the following Senate committees:[6]

2011-2012

Warner served on the following Senate committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Warner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Warner voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Warner joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Warner voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[13][14]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Warner voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Warner voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[18]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Warner voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[19]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Warner voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Warner voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Warner's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Warner is a Moderate Populist Conservative. Warner received a score of 31 percent on social issues and 54 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Neutral
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Neutral Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22]

Controversy

Bieber deportation

On February 4, 2014, Warner said that he would sign a petition to deport Justin Bieber, a Canadian citizen.[24][25][26]

He sent a tweet that said, "It's true: I'm not a #Belieber."[24]

Elections

2016

See also: Possible U.S. presidential candidates, 2016

Warner made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire prior to the 2008 election, but he decided against campaigning and withdrew, citing family concerns. He is running for re-election to his Senate seat in 2014.[27] There have been 16 senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[28]


2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2014

Warner is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia. Warner did not face a primary challenger. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

A Washington Free Beacon poll found that 50 percent of voters would re-elect Warner over another candidate, whereas 45 percent would prefer a new senator. Among independents, Warner struggled, with 49 percent saying they would rather elect a new senator than keep Warner. Only 43 percent of independents would like to keep Warner in office.[29]

Endorsements

Warner was endorsed by John Warner, the Republican senator Warner challenged in 1996. While John Warner prevailed, Mark Warner ran again successfully for the Senate when John retired.[30]

Media


Warner's May 2014 campaign ad, "Working Together."

Warner's September 2014 campaign ad, "Next Generation."
  • Warner released his first television ad on May 27, 2014. In the ad, Warner highlighted his ability to "bring Democrats and Republicans together" and the importance of giving everyone a "fair shot."
  • Warner's September 2014 ad highlighted his bipartisan work in the Senate. He also argued that the national debt needs to be addressed.

Polls

General election
Poll Mark Warner (D) Ed Gillespie (R)Robert Sarvis (L)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke College Poll
July 14-19, 2014
47%22%5%+/-4.2566
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Warner (D) v. Gillespie (R) v. Sarvis (L)
Poll Mark Warner Ed GillespieRobert Sarvis (L)Wouldn't voteSomeone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
March 19-24, 2014
47%22%5%2%0%15%+/-2.71,288
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Warner (D) v. Gillespie (R)
Poll Mark Warner (D) Ed Gillespie (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke College
February 22-28, 2014
56%39%12%2%+/-3.4821
Harper Polling
February 4-5, 2014
44%38%0%18%+/-3.2936
Wason Center for Public Policy
January 15-22, 2014
50%30%2%18%+/-3.11,023
Roanoke College
January 13-17, 2014
50%30%0%20%+/-3.9633
AVERAGES 50% 34.25% 3.5% 14.5% +/-3.4 853.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2013

On November 20, 2012, Warner announced that he would not run for his former position as Governor of Virginia in 2013. Prior to this, Warner had been the prospective frontrunner for the 2013 Democratic nomination. His decision cleared the way for confirmed candidate, former chair of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe, to represent the party in the race against GOP nominee, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, to succeed term-limited incumbent Gov. Bob McDonnell. Warner, who segued to the U.S. Senate when his term as governor ended in 2006, told the press, "I loved being governor, but I have a different job now - and it's here, in the United States Senate."[31][32]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mark Warner won election to the United States Senate. He defeated James "Jim" S. Gilmore (R), William B. Redpath (L) and Glenda Gail Parker (G) in the general election.[33]

U.S. Senate, Virginia General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Warner 72% 3,269,327
     Republican James "Jim" S. Gilmore 27% 1,228,830
     Libertarian William B. Redpath 0.4% 20,269
     Green Glenda Gail Parker 0.5% 21,690
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 3,178
Total Votes 4,543,294

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Warner's reports.[34]

Mark Warner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 18, 2013$3,704,309.64$636,036.08$(153,979.26)$4,186,366.46
July Quarterly[36]July 17, 2013$4,186,366.46$1,423,313.76$(315,897.86)$5,293,782.36
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$5,293,782.36$873,089.75$(255,386.00)$5,911,486.11
Year-end[38]January 31, 2014$5,911,486$1,595,892$(345,427)$7,161,950
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$7,161,950.56$2,683,545.83$(994,179.06)$8,851,317.33
Running totals
$7,211,877.42$(2,064,869.18)

According to Warner, he raised $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. This gave him $7 million in cash on hand at the end of 2013.[40]

Comprehensive donor information for Warner is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Warner raised a total of $13,663,049 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[41]

Mark Warner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Virginia) Won $13,663,049
Grand Total Raised $13,663,049

2008

Breakdown of the source of Warner's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Warner won election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Warner's campaign committee raised a total of $13,663,049 and spent $12,515,479.[42]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Warner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $96,221,316 to $418,742,000. That averages to $257,481,658, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Warner ranked as the wealthiest senator in 2012.[43] Between 2007 and 2012, Warner‘s calculated net worth[44] did not change. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Mark Warner Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$263,421,837
2012$257,481,658
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-2%
Average annual growth:-0%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Wealthiest members of Congress

According to a 2013 report by The Hill, Warner was one of the three wealthiest members of Congress. His minimum net worth was estimated at $88.5 million by the report. He was joined by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on the list.[48]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Warner is a "centrist Democrat" as of August 26, 2014.[49] This was the same rating Warner received in August 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Warner most often votes with:

Warner least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Warner missed 58 of 1,729 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Warner paid his congressional staff a total of $2,710,220 in 2011. He ranked 23rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 30th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranked 13th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Warner ranked 46th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[54]

2012

Warner ranked 44th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[55]

2011

Warner was one of two members of congress who ranked 37th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[56]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Mark Warner voted with the Democratic Party 89.9 percent of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of August 2014.[57]

2013

Mark Warner voted with the Democratic Party 89.0 percent of the time, which ranked 43rd among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2013.[58]

Personal

Warner lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters.[3]

Awards

In 2004, Governing magazine named Warner and Senator John Chichester, chairman of the Virginia State Senate's Finance Committee as two of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for their collaboration in overhauling the state tax code.[59] Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[60]

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See also

External links

References

  1. The New York Times, "Election Results 2008," accessed August 1, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 USA Today, "Democratic Sen. Warner will run again in 2014," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official Senate website, "About page," accessed October 13, 2011
  4. Votesmart, "Mark Warner Biography,” accessed August 1, 2013
  5. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Warner," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  7. Official Senate website, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 13, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  21. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Warner Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  23. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Huffington Post, "Mark Warner: Deport Justin Bieber!," accessed February 12, 2014
  25. FM 99, "Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  26. Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Warner wants to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  27. USA Today, "Democratic Sen. Warner will run again in 2014," March 29, 2013
  28. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  29. Free Beacon, "Poll: Mark Warner Vulnerable in 2014," accessed November 27, 2013
  30. Roll Call, "John Warner Endorses Mark Warner (Updated)," accessed January 28, 2014
  31. The Virginia-Pilot, "Sen. Mark Warner passes on 2013 governor bid," November 21, 2012
  32. Quinnipiac Institute, "Sen. Warner Has Big Early Lead In Virginia Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Economy Will Get Better With Obama," November 14, 2012
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Warner 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly" accessed October 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  40. The Hill, "Warner ends year with $7M in bank for re-election," accessed January 3, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Mark Warner," accessed April 25, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Virginia Senate Race: 2008 Election Cycle," accessed November 26, 2011
  43. OpenSecrets, "Warner, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  48. The Washington Post, "Issa, McCaul, Warner are wealthiest members of Congress," August 20, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," accessed August 1, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," accessed August 1, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mark Warner," accessed August 2, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," accessed August 26, 2014
  53. LegiStorm, "Mark Warner"
  54. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  59. Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "Solidarity on Solvency: A bipartisan belief in fiscal integrity as the essense of good government," 2004
  60. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
John Warner
U.S. Senate - Virginia
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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