Sen. Mark R. Warner to Speak at 46th Commencement

Posted: April 17, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

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Sen. Mark R. Warner. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner will be the speaker for George Mason University’s 2013 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center.

Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Virginia in November 2008. After four years, he has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to make government more efficient and create balanced solutions to reduce the federal deficit.

Warner serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. He is a leader in Congress in efforts to promote private-sector innovation and help our nation’s small businesses and start-up companies succeed.

Warner also has been a champion for military men and women, their families and our military veterans. He recently received the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest recognition the Navy can confer upon a civilian.

From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus. He also focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunity in every region of the commonwealth. He recruited 135,000 new jobs to Virginia during his four-year term. When Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state,” the “best state for business” and the state offering the best educational opportunities to its young people.

Before entering public office, Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He cofounded the company that became Nextel and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens of thousands of private sector jobs.

Born in Indianapolis on Dec. 15, 1954, Warner earned a BA from George Washington University in 1977 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1980. Warner; his wife, Lisa Collis; and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Va.

For more information on Commencement, see the Office of Events Management website.

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