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Sen. John Warner

Former Senator for Virginia

Warner was a senator from Virginia and was a Republican. He served from 1979 to 2008.

Photo of Sen. John Warner [R-VA, 1979-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Warner is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Warner sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 11, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Warner was the primary sponsor of 54 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 54 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Education (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Energy (10%) Environmental Protection (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Warner recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Warner voted Yea

Veto Overridden 80/14 on Jun 18, 2008.

Warner voted Nay

Warner voted Yea

Bill Passed 79/14 on Dec 14, 2007.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. …

Warner voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 81/15 on Feb 14, 2007.

Warner voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Dec 2008, Warner missed 231 of 10,946 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: