WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia has received the highest honor the Navy awards to civilians.
The Navy has given Warner the Distinguished Public Service Award. Warner, a Democrat, is in his first term in the Senate. His assignments include the budget and intelligence committees, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus cited Warner's efforts on those committees as reasons for honoring him.
"Mark Warner has strengthened the critical relationships between the Navy and the state and the people he represents," Mabus said in a news release. "His support for the Navy and Marine Corps extends beyond the brave men and women in uniform. It includes their families, shipyard workers and other contractor personnel who are instrumental to our Navy and our national security."
From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as Virginia's governor. In a press release, he cited his recent efforts to blunt the effects of sequestration, and expressed optimism Congress will find a solution to the budgetary issue.
"In recent weeks, I have been working closely with military leaders and congressional colleagues to try to find a responsible and commonsense way to rationalize the across-the-board spending cuts mandated by the sequester," Warner said. "And I am pleased we now appear to be moving forward with a more pragmatic process -- one that will provide the Navy and our other military services with the flexibility they need to make smarter budget decisions."