Over the past few years I’ve been able to take part in programs offered by the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement. These organizations provide an invaluable background into what’s going on around the world and how global businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and nations interact. The following is information they are sharing on Virginia’s newly elected Senator Mark Warner.
VIRGINA – Senator-Elect Mark Warner (D)
Replacing Retiring Senator John Warner (R)
Mark Warner comes to the Senate having served as the Governor of Virginia (2002-2006). He defeated former Gov. Jim Gilmore. As Governor, he has been praised for his bi-partisan approach to politics and chaired the National Governors Association (2004-2005). Prior to serving as governor, Mark Warner was a high-tech business person, who co-founded the company that became Nextel, as well as the largest technology-based venture capital fund in the mid-Atlantic. He managed Douglas Wilder’s successful 1989 gubernatorial campaign, served as chairman of the state Democratic Party and delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Foreign Policy Profile:
Mark Warner currently serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, an organization created to channel grants for furthering democracy in developing nations. He has been a leading voice on trade issues.
- Supports U.S. foreign aid only “when it is in the security interests of the United States”.
- Supports U.S. participation in UN peacekeeping missions when vital U.S. interests are directly threatened.
- Believes in the development of a responsible plan, “without artificial timelines – to begin to bring our brave military men and women home from Iraq and place more pressure on the Iraqi government to take more responsibility for their own country.
Relevant LinksWhere Mark Warner Stands