WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A former Virginia Senator has been honored for public service.
The Honorable John W. Warner was presented with the 2018 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service for his years of service to the country on Monday.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978, where he served on the Environmental and Public Works Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Warner retired from Congress in 2009, which means he is Virginia's second-longest service senator.
During the presentation at an annual dinner and reception of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, former Ambassador and Secretary of housing and urban Development Carla Hills spoke about Warner's service before his time in the Senate.
Warner is also a former Under Secretary and Secretary of the U.S. Navy and was also the director of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.
During World War II, Warner enlisted in the U.S. Navy before going to college at Washington and Lee University and then the University of Virginia Law School. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.