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Mark Warner Committee Assignments

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, slammed President Donald Trump’s “behavior” and his handling of the Russian investigation in his opening statement ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

Fired FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday — and his prepared remarks affirm reports that Trump asked his FBI chief to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser. Comey also said Trump wanted him to “lift the cloud” of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Warner called Comey’s submitted remarks detailing his interactions with Trump “disturbing.”

“This is not how a President of the United States behaves,” Warner said. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation into those Russia links, Director Comey’s firing and his testimony raise separate and troubling questions that we must get to the bottom of.”

As the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has been heralded by his colleagues as a bipartisan leader and a partner to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the committee's chairman.

Read on for a look at who Warner is.

Personal life

Warner, 62, studied political science at George Washington University and graduated in 1977 as the class valedictorian; he was also the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Warner was an early investor in cellphone company Nextel and “made a fortune” when he cashed in his stock in 1996, according to U.S. News.

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Along with his wife Lisa Collis, Warner has three daughters and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Political career

Warner was Virginia’s governor from 2002 to 2006. When he left, Virginia was ranked the best state for business and to receive a public education, according to Warner’s Senate biography. It was also ranked the best managed state.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He succeeded Republican Sen. John Warner who retired in 2009 after spending 30 years in the Senate.

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Aside from the intelligence committee, Warner also serves on the committees on finance, banking, budget and rules.

Russia investigation

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s questioning of Comey, Warner said there “clearly still remains a number of questions” that need to be answered by the committee. In particular, Warner said it was important for Americans to understand the full “threat of the Russians.”

“It was very important for the American people to hear James Comey’s statements about what has transpired,” Warner told reporters following the hearing. “One message I hope all Americans take home is recognizing how significant Russia’s interference on our process was.”

When it comes to how he has handled the committee’s probe into Russia’s influence on the presidential election, Warner’s Democratic lawmaker friends applauded his ability to be bipartisan.

“There will be Democrats who will go out and just on their own blister the hide off the other side. Mark is very mindful of the fact that this investigation, if it’s too partisan, it could just blow up,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told the Washington Post.

Kaine also said Warner is “more seized by responsibility on” this investigation than anything else since he’s known him.

“Democrats can raise hell until the cows come home; Mark is going to make sure the facts are there,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told the Washington Post. “This is not a witch hunt. He’s not going to let that happen.”

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Burr described Warner as “a valued partner” and someone who is “integral to the committee’s efforts” to the Washington Post.

On Sunday, Warner said the committee has not been able to yet find a “smoking gun” in their investigation.

“There is a lot of smoke. We have no smoking gun at this point, but there is a lot of smoke,” Warner said in a television interview.

When asked by USA Today whether it would be an impeachable offense if Trump would be found to have attempted to influence intelligence chiefs on the Russian investigation, Warner said, “I don't have the slightest idea.”

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Warner.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Warner is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Warner has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Mark Warner sits on the following committees:

  • Vice Chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Enacted Legislation

Warner was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Warner sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (18%)Government Operations and Politics (18%)Health (16%)Taxation (14%)Education (10%)Finance and Financial Sector (9%)International Affairs (8%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Warner’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Warner’s VoteVote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN25: Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State
Feb 1, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Mar 31, 2014. Bill Passed 64/35.
Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, which would prevent ICD-10 from being implemented at all without further Congressional approval, has been introduced in House and ...
Nay H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 60/36.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay H.R. 3435 (111th): Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program.
Aug 6, 2009. Bill Passed 60/37.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Mar 2018, Warner missed 101 of 2,715 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2009 Jan-Mar11800.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun9600.0%0th
2009 Jul-Sep8911.1%56th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10898.3%94th
2010 Apr-Jun961010.4%96th
2010 Jul-Sep4400.0%0th
2010 Nov-Dec5112.0%46th
2011 Jan-Mar46510.9%94th
2011 Apr-Jun5800.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep4900.0%0th
2011 Oct-Dec8233.7%70th
2012 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2012 Apr-Jun10921.8%73rd
2012 Jul-Sep2813.6%61st
2012 Nov-Dec501224.0%97th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9200.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun7622.6%59th
2013 Jul-Sep4312.3%73rd
2013 Oct-Dec8045.0%76th
2014 Jan-Mar9355.4%88th
2014 Apr-Jun12321.6%43rd
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9600.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar13521.5%72nd
2015 Apr-Jun8544.7%86th
2015 Jul-Sep5223.8%74th
2015 Oct-Dec67913.4%94th
2016 Jan-Mar3837.9%80th
2016 Apr-Jun791519.0%97th
2016 Jul-Sep3412.9%61st
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10133.0%86th
2017 Apr-Jun5411.9%62nd
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11732.6%79th
2018 Jan-Mar4900.0%0th

Primary Sources

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Mark Warner is pronounced:

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