|69th Governor of Virginia|
From: January 12, 2002 – January 14, 2006
|U.S. Senator from Virginia|
From: January 3, 2009-present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954), a Democrat, is a Senator from Virginia and a former Governor. He serves as chairman and founder of Forward Together PAC.
In 2001, Warner campaigned for Governor of Virginia as a moderate Democrat and defeated Republican Mark Earley with 52% of the vote. Despite campaigning not to raise taxes, he raised the sales tax twice. He also increased cigarette taxes and vetoed a repeal of the death tax. Warner chaired the National Governors Association and the the Southern Governors' Association. He was very popular as governor and helped Democrats gain seats in the state House and Senate, however, not enough to gain the majority. Warner is known to be a conservative or moderate Democrat. On crime he supports the death penalty and increasing penalties for illegal drugs. As governor he supported a line-item veto and the right to bear arms. Warner has stated that he supports "responsible" abortion.