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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
Mark Warner (b. December 15, 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana) 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 ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2014.[2]

Prior to his election in the Senate Warner served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006.[3]

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

Born in Indiana, Warner was 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 went on to become Nextel.[4]

Career

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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Warner serves on the following Senate committees:[6]

2011-2012

Warner was 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

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "No" 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)

Voted "Yes" 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

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Controversy

Bieber deportation

On February 4, 2014, Warner said that he would sign a petition to deport Justin Bieber, a Canadian citizen.[22][23][24]

He sent a tweet that said, "It's true: I'm not a #Belieber. 'Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber.'"[22]

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 all Congressional members 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 personal issues and 54 percent on economic issues.[25]

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[26]
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.[25]

Elections

2016

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

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

A November 2013 poll suggested a difficult bid for re-election in 2014 for Warner. A Washington Free Beacon poll found that 50% of voters would re-elect Warner over another candidate, whereas 45% would prefer a new Senator. Among independents, Warner struggles with 49% saying they would rather elect a new Senator than keep Warner. Only 43% 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 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."

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 clears the way for confirmed candidate, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, to represent the party in the race against presumptive 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

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.[34]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Warner's reports.[35]

Mark Warner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 18, 2013$3,704,309.64$636,036.08$(153,979.26)$4,186,366.46
July Quarterly[37]July 17, 2013$4,186,366.46$1,423,313.76$(315,897.86)$5,293,782.36
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$5,293,782.36$873,089.75$(255,386.00)$5,911,486.11
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$5,911,486$1,595,892$(345,427)$7,161,950
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$7,161,950.56$2,683,545.83$(994,179.06)$8,851,317.33
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2014$9,456,884.22$1,267,232.83$(1,809,304.92)$8,914,812.13
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2014$8,914,812.13$2,060,277.12$(2,846,405.98)$8,128,683.27
Running totals
$10,539,387.37$(6,720,580.08)

According to Warner, he raised $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. This leaves him with over $7 million in cash on hand at the end of 2013.[43]

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.[44]


Personal Gain Index

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The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: 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 1st most wealthy senator in 2012.[45] Between 2007 and 2012, Warner‘s net worth decreased by 2.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

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 report by The Hill, Warner is one of the three wealthiest members of Congress. His minimum net worth was estimated at $88.5 million by the report. He is 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 1, 2013.[49]

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.[50]

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 44 of 1,276 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[51]

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 ranks 23rd on the list of the highest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranks 30th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 13th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Warner ranked 44th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

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. Warner was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 37th in the liberal rankings.[54]

Voting with party

2013

Mark Warner voted with the Democratic Party 89.0% of the time, which ranked 43 among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2013.[55]

Personal

Warner lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters.[4]

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.[56] 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."[57]

Recent news

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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. ‘’Votesmart’’ “Mark Warner Biography,” accessed August 1, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official Senate website, "About page," accessed October 13, 2011
  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 Huffington Post, "Mark Warner: Deport Justin Bieber!," accessed February 12, 2014
  23. FM 99, "Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Warner wants to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Warner Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  26. 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.
  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. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Mark Warner" accessed April 25, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Warner 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  43. The Hill, "Warner ends year with $7M in bank for re-election," accessed January 3, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Virginia Senate Race: 2008 Election Cycle," accessed November 26, 2011
  45. OpenSecrets, "Warner, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  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. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mark Warner," accessed August 2, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," accessed April 11, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Mark Warner"
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "Solidarity on Solvency: A bipartisan belief in fiscal integrity as the essense of good government," 2004
  57. 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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