Mark Warner is the honorary chair of Forward Together PAC. He currently serves as U.S. senator from Virginia. He served as governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 after spending more than 20 years as a business leader in the high-tech industry.
Mark Warner lives with his wife and three daughters in Alexandria, Va. He earned his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in 1977 and a law degree from Harvard in 1980. Rather than pursue a career in law, he decided to go into business and ultimately helped co-found the cellular telephone company Nextel.
As a private citizen, Mark Warner helped create the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which has provided health care to more than 600,000 underserved Virginians. He also launched SeniorNavigator.com after his own frustrating experience searching for support when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. SeniorNavigator uses the Internet and a network of volunteers to help older Virginians and their caregivers find answers to medical questions and identify local resources and services.
In 2001, Mark Warner was elected governor of Virginia. His administration inherited budget shortfalls that ultimately grew to $6 billion, but he left office with a budget surplus that allowed the largest single investment in K-12 education in Virginia history, a reinvestment in one of the nation’s premier public college and university systems, and a record investment in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.
From 2004 to 2005, Mark Warner chaired the National Governors Association, leading a national high school reform effort. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of “America’s Five Best Governors.” Mark Warner’s bipartisan, results-oriented approach led to Virginia being designated the country’s best-managed state and the best state for business.
In 2008, Virginia voters endorsed Mark Warner’s commitment to take his bipartisan, results-oriented, businesslike approach to Washington, electing him to the U.S. Senate with a historic million-vote margin.