Candidate U.S. Senate (D-VA)
Mark Warner served as governor of Virginia from 2002 until January 2006. While he was governor, Virginia was named “the best managed state in the nation” by Governing Magazine. Warner is a former high tech businessperson, who co-founded the company that became Nextel, as well as the largest technology-based venture capital fund in the mid-Atlantic. As a private citizen, he launched a health care foundation that’s helped over 500,000 uninsured and medically underserved Virginians obtain access to primary health care.
Warner declared in September of 2007 that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2008, following an announcement nearly two weeks prior by current Senator John Warner (R-VA) that he would not seek re-election. He immediately gained the endorsement of most national Democrats. The National Journal has listed the Virginia Senate seat as the most likely to switch party control in November based on a number of factors, including organization, money, buzz, and polling.
As Governor, Warner promoted minority-owned business programs as well as efforts to end racial profiling and extending hate crimes to include sexual orientation. On immigration, Warner believes in strong border security but at the same time understands the need to have a system in place that values legal immigration. In Northern Virginia, 15 to 20 percent of the people working for the technology firms there are immigrants.
Prev. Occupation: Businessman
Prev. Political Exp.: VA Governor, 2001-05
Education: BA George Washington University, 1977; JD Harvard University, 1980