Cold case DNA tests clear 2 of rape

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Two Virginia men wrongfully convicted of rape have been exonerated by random cold case DNA testing ordered by Gov. Mark Warner. Warner's staff said prosecutors in Norfolk and Alexandria have investigated 31 cases, and in the two rape cases had requested t

NC executes 1,000th since penalty resumed

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- North Carolina executed Kenneth Lee Boyd early Friday, the 1,000th person put to death in the United States since capital punishment resumed in 1977. Boyd was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1988 killing of his estranged wife and father-in-

N.C. prepares for 1,000th U.S. execution

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- North Carolina prepared for an execution Friday that would be the 1,000th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Clemency granted in Va. death case

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Mark Warner Tuesday granted clemency to a death row inmate who was to be put to death this week. It was the first time Warner, who will leave office next month, has stopped a death sentence from being carried out.

Time names 5 centrists as best governors

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Time Magazine has named five centrists as the best governors in the United States.

Top Virginia Dem calls for centrist party

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Virginia Democratic Gov. Mark Warner said Sunday his party needs to be a centrist party if it is going to win the presidency back.

New Jersey, Virginia elect governors

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- President Bush has stepped into the off-year election campaign, appearing with the Republican Party nominee seeking to be Virginia's next governor.

Tight finish ahead in Virginia's gov. race

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Virginia Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine squares off against former state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore in a tight race Tuesday for the state's governor's post. Late polls show the election too close to call, with Kaine, a Democrat, generally holding the lead but wi

U.S. Democrats divided on Iraq policy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Democratic party is becoming more divided on the war in Iraq and apparently unable to reach a consensus, the Washington Post reports.

DNA testing glitches found as human error

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A ruling by a Maryland judge dismissing a paternity suit based on shoddy DNA testing is the latest of questions surrounding the quality of the process.

Students want more challenge from class

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. high school students, responding to an online National Governors Association poll, said class work is not difficult and would like to be more challenged.

Governors gather but talk presidency

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 17 (UPI) -- Governors from around the country converged on Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss education and Medicaid, but some wanted to talk presidency.

Virginia governor explores White House bid

RICHMOND, Va., June 10 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is taking steps that could lead to a run for the Democratic nomination for president.

Health Biz: Govs have plans for Medicaid

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- At both the state and federal levels, battles over Medicaid budget cuts have erupted, sending a message this huge healthcare entitlement program for the poorest of the poor is America's biggest domestic crisis today -- not Social Security.

Virginia governor signs alien benefit bill

RICHMOND, Va., March 30 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Mark Warner has signed a bill denying adult illegal immigrants in the state access to health care and welfare benefits.
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Mark Warner
Governor Mark Warner of Virginia addresses the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington D.C., June 22, 2003. Warner is a potential running mate for Senator John Kerry. (UPI Photo/Rick Steele).

Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician and businessman, currently serving in the United States Senate as the junior senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Warner was the 69th governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 and is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address before the nation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Mark Warner's experience as a congressional staffer and Democratic Party fundraiser in the 1980s prompted his involvement in telecommunications venture capital; he founded the firm Columbia Capital.

In 2006 he was widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections; however, he announced in October 2006 that he would not run, citing a desire not to disrupt his family life. Warner was considered to be a potential vice presidential pick, but upon receiving the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate he announced that he "will not accept any other opportunity." He is expected to become the state's senior senator when Jim Webb retires from the Senate in January 2013. He currently serves on the board of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Warner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana; he is the son of Robert and Marge Warner, and is the older brother of Lisa Warner. He grew up in Illinois, and later in Vernon, Connecticut, where he graduated from Rockville High School. He attributes his interest in politics to his eighth grade social studies teacher, Jim Tyler, who "inspired him to work for social and political change during the tumultuous year of 1968." Warner was class president for three years at Rockville High School and hosted a weekly pick-up basketball game at his house, "a tradition that continues today."

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