Longtime Virginia Sen. John Warner dies at 94

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WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 08: US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) remarks on the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at the US Capitol November 8, 2006 in Washington, DC. Warner said he supports President George W. Bush’s nomination of former CIA Director Robert Gates for Secretary of Defense. Warner said he anticipates Gates’ confirmation before the end of the year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Former Virginia Sen. John Warner died Tuesday night at 94.

Warner, a World War II and Korean War vet, served three decades in the U.S. Senate as a Republican. He was also a former Secretary of the Navy.

He died of heart failure while surrounded by his wife Jeanne and daughter Virginia, his longtime chief of staff Susan Magill said.

Tributes began to pour in after news of Warner’s passing, including from Virginia Sen. Time Kaine (D), who called Warner and unmatched leader and dear friend.

“When I married Anne in 1984, I entered the large circle of John’s friends. From his thirty-year post in the Senate, he helped me as Mayor and Governor again and again. In particular, I will never forget his advocacy that helped save the Metro Silver Line from the brink of extinction. His advice on matters large and small (mostly solicited but occasionally offered even though I hadn’t asked!) was always farsighted, patriotic, and delivered in pithy and memorable phrases.”

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