Glen Gainer III
Glen Gainer redirects here. For his father, who preceded him as State Auditor, see Glen Gainer, Jr.
|Glen B. Gainer III|
|19th West Virginia State Auditor|
January 13, 1993
Cecil H. Underwood
Earl Ray Tomblin
|Preceded by||Glen Gainer, Jr.|
February 26, 1960 |
Parkersburg, West Virginia
|Spouse(s)||Susan Gainer (1984–present)|
|Alma mater||University of Charleston|
Early life and career
Glen B. Gainer III was born in 1960 to Glen. B Gainer, Jr. and Sally Jo Gainer. He has one sister, Beth, and one brother, John David (deceased). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Charleston in 1982. He married Susan Ryder in 1984 and they have two sons.
Gainer worked in the West Virginia State Treasurer's office from 1985 to 1989, was the budget director of the West Virginia Department of Energy from 1989 to 1991 and was national accounts representative of John Deere & Company from October 1991 through December 1992.
In 1992, Gainer ran for State Auditor. He won the Democratic primary with 63%, defeating Mark Anthony Manchin, son of former Secretary of State and State Treasurer A. James Manchin and uncle of current U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. He was unopposed in the general election and took office in January 1993, succeeding his father, Glen Gainer, Jr., who had served in the office from 1977 to 1993. Gainer was also unopposed in the elections of 1996 and 2000. In 2004, he was re-elected with 62% of the vote, beating Republican Lisa Thornburg. In 2008, he was re-elected with 99.94% of the vote, defeating Constitution Party nominee Robert Ingargiola, who won only 295 votes to Gainer's 525,084. In 2012, he faced a strong challenge from State Delegate Larry Faircloth, but he was comfortably re-elected with 57% of the vote.
Gainer will run for the United States House of Representatives in West Virginia's 1st congressional district against Republican incumbent David McKinley in the 2014 election. His father ran for the same district in 1982, finishing third in the Democratic primary.