John Warner

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John Warner
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U.S. Senator from Virginia
From: January 2, 1979 – January 3, 2009
Predecessor William L. Scott
Successor Mark Warner
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Mellon (div.)
Elizabeth Taylor (div.)
Jeanne Vander Myde
Religion Episcopalian

John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) was the Senior United States Senator from Virginia, former Secretary of the Navy, and a World War II veteran. He is a member of the Republican Party. On August 31, 2007, Warner stated he will not seek another term in the Senate.

Early life

Warner was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II in January 1945, shortly before his 18th birthday. He served until the following year, leaving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. Warner joined the Marine Corps in October 1950, after the outbreak of the Korean War, and served in Korea as a ground officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Eventually he reached the rank of captain. He later received a law degree, became a law clerk and then an assistant US attorney. In 1976 Warner married popular actress Elizabeth Taylor, they got divorced six years later. He has now been married three times.

Political career

John Warner served as Secretary of the Navy under President Richard M. Nixon's administration. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1978 and is now in his fifth term. He is the second longest serving Republican Senator from Virginia. His committee memberships have included the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Most importantly, as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he has protected and enlarged the flow of billions of dollars into the Virginia economy each year via the state's naval installations and shipbuilding firms. In August 2007, Warner said he will not seek a sixth senate term in 2008.[1]

Political views

Warner has been known to take more liberal positions then most Republicans. He has a mixed record on abortion.[2] He supports embryonic stem cell research and has even called himself "pro-choice." However, pro-life groups have given him satisfactory ratings because of his votes to restrict abortion. He supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but has stated he does not think homosexuality is immoral.[3] Warner is also one of the few Virginia elected officials who supports gun control. He voted for the Brady Bill and, in 1999, was one of only five Republicans to vote to close the so-called "gun show loophole." In 2004 Warner was one of three Republicans to sponsor an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that sought to provide for a 10-year extension of the Assault Weapons Ban. He was among ten GOP Senators who voted against charge of perjury during Bill Clinton's impeachment.

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