Senator Mark Warner
Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. After almost four years in the Senate, Warner has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to reduce the federal debt, and has been a champion for military men and women and their families. Warner also is a leader in Congressional efforts to promote private-sector innovation and to help our nation’s small businesses and start-up companies succeed.
From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunity in every region of the state. When he 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, co-founding the company that became Nextel. He lives with his wife, Lisa Collis, and their three daughters in Alexandria, Va.
Senator Saxby Chambliss
On Dec. 2, 2008, Saxby Chambliss was elected to serve a second term in the U.S. Senate. Georgia Trend’s 2009 Georgian of the Year, Chambliss is a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Rules Committee; the Special Committee on Aging; and serves as the vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia’s 8th District in 1994. Throughout his legislative career, he has been recognized numerous times by the public and private sectors for his work on agriculture, defense, budget and national security issues. In January 2008, he was presented with the National Legislative Advocacy Award by the Naval Reserve Association for leading the effort to reduce the age at which members of the National Guard and Reserve can receive retirement pay. He is a past recipient of the Air Force Association’s W. Stuart Symington Award, the group’s top civilian honor for outstanding contributions in the field of national security, and was awarded the Reserve Officers Association’s Minuteman of the Year Award in 2005.
Chambliss earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1966, and his law degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1968. Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, have been married since 1966, and reside in Moultrie. They have two children and six grandchildren.