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Influencial Virginia Sen. John Warner decides not to seek sixth term

Influencial Virginia Sen. John Warner decides not to seek sixth term

Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, one of the most authoritative voices in Congress on the military and a key figure in the debate over Iraq, said Friday he will not seek a sixth term in 2008.
Warner, 80, has held the seat since 1978, when the dashing former Navy secretary campaigned alongside his wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor. His retirement offers Democrats a valuable opportunity to take the seat from the Republicans and expand their one-seat Senate majority.
"My work and service to Virginia as a senator" will end on Jan. 6, 2009, Warner said at a news conference at the University of Virginia. He thanked those who had helped give him "a magnificent and very rewarding career" in the Senate.
Warner chaired the Armed Services Committee when the Republicans controlled the Senate.


Updated : 2021-07-28 23:20 GMT+08:00