B.A. ’77, Honorary Doctor of Public Service ’03
United States Senator
Monumental Achievement: Mark Warner has served the state of Virginia as both its governor and U.S. senator. In 2020, he was reelected to a third term in the Senate where he chairs the Senate Committee on Intelligence and serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees. Warner is known as a bipartisan leader focused on increasing government performance and accountability, promoting private sector innovation and job creation, advocating for troops and veterans, and seeking bipartisan, balanced solutions to address the nation’s debt and deficit. After his term as governor of Virginia, the state was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.
Senator Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a third term in November 2020. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the chair. During his time in the Senate, Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. He has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for U.S. military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address the country's debt and deficit.
From 2002 to 2006, he served as governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.
The first in his family to graduate from college, Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.
Warner and his wife, Lisa Collis, live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three daughters.