Reed and Inhofe Pay Tribute to Former SASC Chairman John Warner

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator John Warner (R-VA):

 “Today, with great sadness, we learned of the passing of our friend and colleague, John Warner.  John dedicated his life to the service of our nation, and is deeply loved by those who knew him and the values he stood for as a Marine, a U.S. Senator, and a statesman. 

 “John’s devotion to duty is inspiring.  From his service during World War II and the Korean War, to his civil career within the Department of Defense, to his three decades of leadership in the Senate, he tackled every challenge with character and integrity.  As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John was resolute and far-sighted in guiding our national security decisions.  He was a tireless advocate for our troops, and always put country before party.  We are both fortunate to have served alongside him and had the opportunity to learn from his example.

 “John was a patriot, a gentleman, an independent-minded leader, and a friend.  We are saddened by his loss, but grateful for his many contributions to the people of Virginia and our nation.”