Mark Warner is a former high tech business leader who co-founded Nextel. He served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006. Warner and his wife, Lisa, have three children and have made their home in Alexandria for the last 20 years.
Governor Warner was the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a degree from George Washington University, thanks to part-time jobs and student loans. He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1980, but decided to go into business instead of practicing law. Warner ultimately helped co-found the cellular telephone company Nextel.
When his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers and the Warner family went through a frustrating search for support, he launched SeniorNavigator.com. 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.
Mark Warner also helped create the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which has provided health care to more than 600,000 under-served Virginians.
In 2001, Mark Warner was elected Governor of Virginia. His administration inherited budget shortfalls that ultimately grew to $6 billion, and 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 nations 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 "Americas Five Best Governors." Mark Warners bipartisan, results-oriented approach resulted in Virginia being designated the countrys best managed state and the best state for business.
In 2008, Virginia voters endorsed Mark Warners commitment to take his bipartisan, results-oriented, businesslike approach to Washington, electing him to the U.S. Senate with an historic million-vote margin.
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