Jay Wolfe

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Jay Wolfe
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Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the district
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-04-05) April 5, 1955 (age 63)
Parkersburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mollie
Residence Clarksburg, West Virginia
Alma mater Glenville State College
Profession Legislator, business owner

Jay Wolfe (born April 5, 1955) is an American business owner and former State Senator, and U.S. Senate candidate.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Wolfe was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia[1] to Donald and Emogene Moore Wolfe. He graduated from Parkersburg South High School in 1973. He attended Marshall University and graduated from Glenville State College in 1977 with a degree in business administration.[2]

He owns Wolfe Rentals LLC and Wolfe-Furner Insurance Inc.[3]

Political career[edit]

In the 1980s, Wolfe was elected to one term in the West Virginia Senate. He was also a member of the Harrison County and State Republican Executive Committees.

1988 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Wolfe lost to incumbent Democrat but with the highest percentage of any other opponent of Robert C. Byrd. Byrd outspent Wolfe $3 million to $200,000.

2002 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Wolfe lost to incumbent Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Rockefeller outspent Wolfe $5 million to $150,000.

2008 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Wolfe lost a rematch to Rockefeller in a nearly identical margin but with Rockefeller spending more than he did in 2002.

Electoral history[edit]

West Virginia United States Senate election, 1988[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Byrd (inc.) 410,983 64.8%
Republican Jay Wolfe 223,564 35.2%
Democratic hold Swing
West Virginia U.S. Senate Election, 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jay Rockefeller 275,281 63.11 -13.54
Republican Jay Wolfe 160,902 36.89 +13.54
Majority 114,379 26.22 -27.08
Turnout 436,183
Democratic hold
United States Senate election in West Virginia, 2008[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jay Rockefeller 447,560 63.7 +0.6
Republican Jay Wolfe 254,629 36.3 -0.6
Majority 192,931
Turnout 702,189
Democratic hold Swing

Personal life[edit]

He married his high school girlfriend, Mollie. They have been married for over 40 years. He has four children and ten grandchildren.[7]