United States Senator
TAPS Honorary Chairman
JOHN WILLIAM WARNER, Republican from Virginia, was elected to the United States Senate on Nov. 7, 1978. He was reelected to a second term on Nov. 6, 1984, and won a third term on Nov. 6, 1990, with 82 percent of the vote.
Senator Warner is the second most senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Recognizing his interest in defense and national security matters, Majority Leader Dole appointed Senator Warner to the National Security Working Group and the Commission on Roles and Capabilities of U.S. Intelligence. The latter commission, proposed by Warner legislation, will review U.S. intelligence community activities in the post Cold War global environment.
He also serves as the second most senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and as a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Small Business Committee, and the Rules and Administration Committee.
Before entering the Senate, Senator Warner carried out special assignments for the United States in government- to-government negotiations on military, scientific, economic, educational and cultural matters, which gave him a background in national security and foreign affairs.
His experience in the area of defense issues has included service from 1969 to 1973 as Department of Defense representative to the Law of the Sea talks in Geneva.
He served as Undersecretary of the Navy from 1969 to 1972, and as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974.
In 1944, at the age of 17, he left high school to volunteer for the United States Navy. He was released from active duty as a 3rd-class electronics technician in July 1946, and enrolled at Washington and Lee University. He was awarded a B.S. degree in basic engineering in 1949.
He then entered the University of Virginia Law School. In September 1950, he volunteered for another tour of active duty, this time in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Korea as a first lieutenant and communications officer with the First Marine Air Wing.
He was released from active duty in May 1952. He returned to law school and was awarded a law degree by the University of Virginia in 1953.
Senator Warner is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Alpha Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa at Washington and Lee University; and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Middleburg, Virginia.
Mr. Warner was born Feb. 18, 1927. He is the grandson of John W. and Mary Tinsley Warner of Amherst County, Virginia, and the son of the late Martha Budd Warner and the late Dr. John W. Warner, a physician and surgeon. He has three children and two grandsons.
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