Earl Ray Tomblin

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Earl Ray Tomblin
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35th Governor of West Virginia
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 15, 2010[1][2]
Preceded by Joe Manchin
President of the West Virginia Senate
In office
January 3, 1995 – November 3, 2011
Preceded by Keith Burdette
Succeeded by Jeff Kessler
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 7th district
In office
December 1, 1980 – November 3, 2011
Preceded by J. Ned Grubb
Succeeded by Art Kirkendoll
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 16th district
In office
December 1, 1974 – December 1, 1980
Personal details
Born (1952-03-15) March 15, 1952 (age 62)
Logan County, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joanne Jaeger
Children 1
Residence Governor's Mansion
Alma mater West Virginia University
Marshall University
Religion Presbyterian
Website governor.wv.gov

Earl Ray Tomblin (born March 15, 1952) is an American Democratic Party politician and the 35th and current Governor of West Virginia. Prior to becoming Governor, Tomblin served as President of the West Virginia Senate for almost 17 years. Tomblin became Acting Governor in November 2010 following Joe Manchin's election to the U.S. Senate. He won a special election in October 2011 to fill the unexpired term ending in January 2013 and was elected to a first full term as Governor in November 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Tomblin was born in Logan County, West Virginia, and is the son of Freda M. (née Jarrell) and Earl Tomblin. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and then went along to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from Marshall University.[3]

State Legislature and Senate President[edit]

Tomblin was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1974, and reelected in 1976 and 1978. He won election to the Senate in 1980 and was subsequently re-elected every four years until his election as governor.

Tomblin was elected on January 3, 1995, as the 48th President of the West Virginia Senate. Having served in the position for almost seventeen years, he is the longest serving Senate President in West Virginia's history. Tomblin became the first Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia upon creation of that honorary designation in 2000.

As a senator, he represented the 7th Senate District encompassing Boone, Lincoln, Logan, and Wayne counties.[4]

Governor of West Virginia[edit]

Tomblin began exercising the duties of Governor when Joe Manchin resigned after being elected the state's U.S. Senator, filling the seat vacated by the late Senator Robert Byrd. Tomblin is the first person to act as governor under West Virginia's current constitution.

While acting as governor, Tomblin retained the title of Senate President as required by the West Virginia Constitution.[5] Tomblin did not participate in legislative business or accept his legislative salary while acting as governor.[6] Tomblin also did not preside over the Senate while acting as governor.

2011 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

In 2011, Tomblin stated his desire to run for the office of Governor. Following a ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeals on January 18, 2011, the next gubernatorial election was scheduled for October 4, 2011.[7] Tomblin was successful in the Democratic Primary, beating a field of six contenders, while Morgantown businessman Bill Maloney emerged as the Republican nominee in the May 14 primary. He went on to win the general election against Maloney and took the oath of office as governor on November 13, 2011.[8] Immediately before taking the oath as governor, Tomblin officially resigned from both the offices of Senate President and state senator.[9]

2012 election[edit]

The 2012 West Virginia gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2012. Tomblin defeated the Republican candidate Bill Maloney.

Personal life[edit]

Tomblin was married on September 8, 1979 to Joanne Jaeger, a native New Yorker and graduate of Marshall University who is currently the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.[10] They reside in Chapmanville and have one son, Brent. Tomblin attends the First Presbyterian Church of Logan.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Burdette
President of the West Virginia Senate
1995–2011
Succeeded by
Jeff Kessler
Preceded by
Joe Manchin
Governor of West Virginia
2010–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Manchin
Democratic nominee for Governor of West Virginia
2011, 2012
Most recent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Biden
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within West Virginia
Succeeded by
Mayor of city in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise John Boehner
as Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sam Brownback
as Governor of Kansas
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside West Virginia
Succeeded by
Brian Sandoval
as Governor of Nevada