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John Warner
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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
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
John William Warner, Jr.

(1927-02-18)February 18, 1927
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died May 25, 2021(2021-05-25) (aged 94)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Catherine Mellon (m. 1957–1973)
Elizabeth Taylor (m. 1976–1982)
Jeanne Vander Myde (m. 2003)
Children With Mellon:
Virginia Warner
John Warner, Jr.
Mary Warner
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
University of Virginia Law School
Profession Lawyer
Awards Knight of the Order of the British Empire
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1945–1946
Rank Petty Officer 3rd Class
Unit 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War

John William Warner, Jr. (February 18, 1927 – May 25, 2021) was an American Republican politician. He was the Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. He was a United States Senator from Virginia from January 2, 1979, to January 3, 2009.

He did not run for office in 2008. He has rejoined the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he worked before joining the United States Department of Defense.

Warner was also the sixth husband to actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married before being elected to the Senate. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.

Warner was born on February 18, 1927 in Washington, D.C.. He was raised in Washington, D.C.. Warner studied at St. Albans School, at Woodrow Wilson High School, at Washington-Lee University, at University of Virginia Law School, and at George Washington University.

Warner was married to Catherine Mellon in 1957 until they divorced in 1973, they had three children. Then he was married to Elizabeth Taylor from 1976 until they divorced in 1982. In 2003, he married Jeanne Vander Myde.

A critic of President Donald Trump, he supported Democrats Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.

Warner died on May 25, 2021 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia from heart failure at the age of 94.

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