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Mark Warner
Mark Warner.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorJohn W. Warner (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthDecember 15, 1954
Place of birthIndianapolis, IN
Net worth$228,129,609
Office website
Mark Warner (b. December 15, 1954) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Warner was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Warner is a "centrist Democratic follower".[1]


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.[2]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Warner serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Warner was on the following Senate committees[4]:


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.[5]



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."[6][7]


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.[8]

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.[9]

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
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.[10]


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.[11]

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 he 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.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Warner's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $86,024,219 and $370,235,000. That averages to $228,129,609, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 18.37% from 2010.[13]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Warner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $76,372,212 and $309,088,999. That averages to $192,730,605.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[14]

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 ranked 44th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[15]


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.[16]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Warner voted with the Democratic Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 29 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]

Recent news

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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.[18] 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."[19]


Warner lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters.[2]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Mark Warner," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official Senate website "About page," Accessed October 13, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Official Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 13, 2011
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. The Virginia-Pilot, "Sen. Mark Warner passes on 2013 governor bid," November 21, 2012
  7. 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
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. Open Secrets "Donor history for Mark Warner" Accessed April 25, 2013
  10. Open Secrets "Virginia Senaet Race: 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  11. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," Accessed April 11, 2013
  12. LegiStorm "Mark Warner"
  13., "Warner, (D-Virginia), 2011"
  14., "Warner, (D-VA), 2010"
  15. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  16. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  17. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  18. Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "Solidarity on Solvency: A bipartisan belief in fiscal integrity as the essense of good government," 2004
  19. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
John Warner
U.S. Senate - Virginia
Succeeded by