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John Warner

The Honorable
John Warner
KBE
Senator John Warner portrait.JPG
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
January 2, 1979 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by William L. Scott
Succeeded by Mark Warner
61st United States Secretary of the Navy
13th Secretary under the DoD
In office
May 4, 1972 – April 8, 1974
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by John Chafee
Succeeded by J. William Middendorf, II
Under Secretary of the Navy
In office
February 11, 1969 – May 4, 1972
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Charles F. Baird
Succeeded by Frank P. Sanders
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Strom Thurmond
Succeeded by Carl Levin
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Carl Levin
Succeeded by Carl Levin
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Carl Levin
Succeeded by Carl Levin
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
September 8, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Ted Stevens
Succeeded by Mitch McConnell
Personal details
Born John William Warner
(1927-02-18) February 18, 1927 (age 89)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Catherine Mellon (div.)
Elizabeth Taylor (div.)
Jeanne Vander Myde
Children Virginia Warner
John Warner, Jr.
Mary Warner
Residence Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Washington & Lee University
George Washington University
Profession Lawyer
Religion Episcopalian
Awards Knight of the Order of the British Empire
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
 United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1945–1946
1950–1953
Rank PO3 collar.png Petty Officer Third Class
Captain Insignia USMC.png Captain
Unit 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War

John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and as a five-term Republican United States Senator from Virginia from January 2, 1979, to January 3, 2009. He did not seek reelection in 2008. He works for the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he had previously worked before joining the United States Department of Defense.

Warner was the sixth husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married before being elected to the Senate. He is a veteran of World War II, and was one of only five such veterans serving in the Senate at the time of his retirement.

John William Warner was born on February 18, 1927, in Washington, D.C., to John W. and Martha Budd Warner. He grew up in Washington, where he attended the elite St. Albans School before graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in February 1945.

He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II in January 1945, shortly before his 18th birthday. He served until the following year, leaving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. He went to college at Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, graduating in 1949; he then entered the University of Virginia Law School.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1950, after the outbreak of the Korean War, and served in Korea as a ground aircraft maintenance officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He continued in the Marine Corps Reserves after the war, eventually reaching the rank of captain. He then resumed his studies, taking courses at the George Washington University, receiving his law degree in 1953. That year, he became a law clerk to Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman of the United States Court of Appeals. In 1956, he became an assistant U.S. attorney; in 1960 he entered private law practice and joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells).


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