Long-Tenured U.S Senator of Virginia John Warner passed away at the age of 94.
John Warner was a Navy veteran of World War II and a marine during the Korean War. He was elected Senator of Virginia in 1979 and served all the way through 2009. He was most known for his expertise on national security and military issues due to his background, as he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee during the Iraq War.
Although a part of the republican party, there were many instances where he opposed the decisions of his party. In 2007, he came up with a solution to put the Senate on record opposing President Bush’s decision to increase the number of troops in Iraq in 2007. He also chose not to support the nomination of Robert Bork into the Supreme Court in 1987, In an interview with CNN, he told them that he wanted his legacy to be “just that I was honest, independent in my thinking.”
According to a statement from Governor Ralph Northam, “In honor of Senator John Warner, Governor Northam ordered that the Virginia state flag be flown at half-staff over the Virginia Capitol on the day of his funeral.”
Current Virginia Senator Mark Warner had this to say in his statement on the passing of Jon Warner, “John Warner was a consummate statesman and a public servant who always put Virginia before politics; who put the nation’s security before partisanship; who put the country’s needs above his own.”
“I will dearly miss having John’s counsel and wisdom to call upon in the years ahead. But more than that, I will miss his friendship, because I loved him. My deepest condolences go out to his children and his entire family, especially his devoted wife of many years, Jeanne.”