Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Sen. John Warner:
“John Warner was an American legend. We mourn the loss of this great statesman, but we should also learn from the example of his life. He was the ultimate public servant, one who fearlessly put country over politics and who knew that reaching compromise and consensus in service of the nation was a virtue, not a vice. And for that he was admired by his staff, revered by his colleagues, appreciated by his constituents and respected by leaders all around the world.
“Sen. Warner was a friend of manufacturers. And as a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, as well as a former Secretary of the Navy and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he understood well our industry’s role as the arsenal of democracy. Our industry is grateful for his lifetime of leadership.
“I was fortunate to see Sen. Warner in action firsthand. When I was on staff in the Senate, his office was down the hall. I vividly remember walking into a shattered Pentagon with him after 9/11. And I also recall all the small kindnesses he offered through the years. He never failed to ask how you were doing. He cared, and he stayed in touch, and that is why he forged so many unbreakable bonds of friendship through the years—with people from all walks of life.
“We need more leaders like Sen. Warner in American life. We need more statesmen who can bring us together. May his memory be an inspiration.
“We are keeping Jeanne, his children, his entire family and many loved ones in our prayers.”
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.3 million men and women, contributes $2.35 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 63% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.