Warner was the 15th Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Arizona from 1975 to 1987. Warner was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona in 1986, but lost to then-State Senator Evan Mecham.
Warner ran a consulting firm called Corporate Education Consulting after leaving public office.
- "Arizona Education Leader Carolyn Warner Dies at 88". AZCentral. Retrieved October 10, 2018.