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I wouldn't want to play favorites among my current colleagues, but I can tell you one of my favorite former Senators is John Warner. After serving as Secretary of the Navy, John made Virginia proud during his five-year term as a Republican Senator. When I came to the Senate, John told me that despite the partisanship we see in Congress today, there's nothing in the water supply on Capitol Hill that prevents us from compromise. I've tried to take that to heart and follow John's example of working across the aisle on a broad range of issues, from combatting sea level rise to improving career and technical education.

The way I look at it, being a Governor is an executive role while being a Senator is an expertise job. In the Senate, I've been able to dig deeply into a few specific issue areas, mostly which align with my committee assignments--Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Budget & the Special Committee on Aging - but also some that do not. For instance, career and technical education (CTE) is a longtime passion of mine, so I founded a caucus around the issue in the Senate with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. We've introduced a number of bills together that seek to strengthen and expand CTE programs across the country. It's been a privilege to serve the people of Virginia in both roles.

I often say I'm Jim Webb's successor but not his replacement. I deeply admire his leadership on the Post-9/11 GI bill and his work to make much-needed reforms to our criminal justice system. Jim and I share a passion for supporting our veterans and military families and one of the best parts of my job is serving on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, which Jim proudly served on during his time in the Senate.

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