Government | Politics 2023: MARK WARNER
SENATOR, UNITED STATES SENATE, ALEXANDRIA
Like his junior colleague, Tim Kaine, Warner served as governor of Virginia before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He is now in his third term as Virginia’s senior senator.
A moderate Democrat, Warner chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and is vice chair of the Senate Democratic caucus. He also serves on Finance subcommittees that govern energy, natural resources, infrastructure and international trade.
Warner grew up in Illinois and Connecticut, and he earned his law degree at Harvard University in 1980. After starting two unsuccessful businesses in the 1980s, he struck gold in cell phones, co-founding Nextel and Capital Cellular Corp. His net worth reportedly exceeds $200 million.
He managed Gov. Doug Wilder’s gubernatorial campaign and then unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996. In 2002, he was elected Virginia’s governor and he won his Senate seat in 2008.
In 2022, President Joe Biden signed Warner’s CHIPS and Science Act, which includes $280 billion to boost domestic research and manufacturing of semiconductors, and Warner was instrumental in the passing of Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
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