Mark Warner

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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$257,481,658
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.[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.


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]


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


Warner serves on the following Senate committees[6]:


Warner was on the following Senate committees[7]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 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]


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 suspended 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.[11]

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 funds 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.[12] 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.[13]


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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]



See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2014

Warner ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia. Warner sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[2]

A November 2013 poll suggests Warner faces a difficult re-election in 2014. 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.[17]


Warner has been endorsed by John Warner, the Republican senator Mark challenged in 1996. While John prevailed, Mark ran again successfully for the Senate when John retired.[18]


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."[19][20]


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.[21]

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.[22]

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


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.[23]

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.[31]


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.[32]


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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[37]

Mark Warner Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.[38]

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.[39]


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.[40]

Voting with party


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.[41]

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.[42] 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."[43]


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

External links


  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. 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
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Free Beacon, "Poll: Mark Warner Vulnerable in 2014", accessed November 27, 2013
  18. Roll Call, "John Warner Endorses Mark Warner (Updated)", accessed January 28, 2014
  19. The Virginia-Pilot, "Sen. Mark Warner passes on 2013 governor bid," November 21, 2012
  20. 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
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Donor history for Mark Warner" Accessed April 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Warner 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  31. The Hill, "Warner ends year with $7M in bank for reelection", accessed January 3, 2014
  32. Open Secrets "Virginia Senaet Race: 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Mark Warner," Accessed August 1, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mark Warner," Accessed August 2, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Mark Warner," Accessed April 11, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Mark Warner"
  37. "Warner, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  38. The Washington Post, "Issa, McCaul, Warner are wealthiest members of Congress," August 20, 2013
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "Solidarity on Solvency: A bipartisan belief in fiscal integrity as the essense of good government," 2004
  43. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
John Warner
U.S. Senate - Virginia
Succeeded by