U.S. Sen. Warner named 2008 Andrews Fellow

Sen. Warner. Courtesy photo.(Williamsburg, VA) – U.S. Senator John Warner (R-Va.) has been named the 2008 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics at the College of William and Mary.

The fellowship, in its eighth year, honors the late Virginia state senator for whom it is named. Warner will be on campus April 4 to meet with students, faculty and staff. He will also speak at a town hall meeting on Friday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201. This event is free and open to the public.

"Senator Warner's career of public service holds extraordinary lessons in citizenship for us all," said W. Taylor Reveley III, interim president of William and Mary. "We are honored to welcome him once again to the College, and look forward to recognizing him as the 2008 Andrews Fellow."

Warner started his career in public service as a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the final year of World War II, and subsequently served in Korea during that war in the Marine Corps.

Upon finishing his law degree in 1953 at the University of Virginia, he was selected to be the law clerk for the late Chief Judge E. Barrett Prettyman of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Three years later, he was appointed to be an assistant U.S. attorney. In 1960, he entered private law practice with the firm of Hogan & Hartson.

Warner served in the Department of the Navy for more than five years during the Vietnam War, beginning in 1969 as undersecretary of the Navy, and subsequently as secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974.

After his work with the Navy, Warner was appointed by the president to coordinate the bicentennial celebration of the founding of the United States. In that position, he directed the federal role at events in all 50 states and in 22 foreign countries.

Warner has won five consecutive elections to the U.S. Senate, starting in 1978. Now in his 29th year in office, Warner is the second-longest-serving U.S. senator from Virginia in the 218-year history of the Senate. He currently serves on the Senate’s Armed Services, Intelligence, Environment and Public Works, and Homeland Security and Government Affairs committees. In August 2007, on the steps of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Warner announced he would not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

In 1981, the College of William and Mary presented him with the honorary degree of doctor of laws.

The Hunter B. Andrews Fellowship was established in 1998 by friends of the former state senator and William and Mary alumnus, who passed away in 2005. The fellowship program brings notable journalists, politicians and academicians to campus each year to interact with students and faculty. Previous fellows have included Washington Post columnist David Broder, who inaugurated the fellowship; Sandy Berger, national security advisor to President Bill Clinton; Tom Foley, 49th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Congressman and noted civil rights leader John Lewis; New York Times columnist and author David Brooks; and journalist, editor and author Walter Isaacson. The 2007 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow was Thomas E. Mann, a political scientist and author.

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