United States congressional delegations from West Virginia
Restored Government of Virginia
From June 1861 to June 1863, during the Civil War and before West Virginia statehood, the United States recognized the Restored Government of Virginia sitting in Wheeling as the "legitimate," pro-Union government of Virginia. Also called the Reorganized Government of Virginia, it controlled a contiguous area roughly the same as present-day West Virginia, along with parts of Northern Virginia and Tidewater. The rest of Virginia was under Confederate military control, with a state government in Richmond, and did not send representatives to Congress. The legislature in Wheeling chose two U.S. Senators for Virginia, John S. Carlile and Waitman T. Willey, who were seated by the Senate. Three U.S. Representatives elected in western districts of Virginia also went to Congress in 1861: Jacob B. Blair, William G. Brown, and Kellian V. Whaley. In 1861, as one of its first acts, the Restored Government began the process of creating the new state of West Virginia, which was achieved in 1863. The Restored Government of Virginia then moved to Alexandria.
United States Senate
House of Representatives
Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia
As of April 2015[update], there are seven former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from U.S. State of West Virginia who are currently living at this time.
|Representative||Term of office||District||Date of birth (and age)|
|Ken Hechler||1959–1977||4th||September 20, 1914|
|Nick Rahall||1977–2015||4th (1977-1993)
|May 20, 1949|
|John G. Hutchinson||1980–1981||3rd||February 4, 1935|
|Harley O. Staggers, Jr.||1983–1993||2nd||February 22, 1951|
|Bob Wise||1983–2001||3rd (1983–1993)
|January 6, 1948|
|Alan Mollohan||1983–2011||1st||May 14, 1943|
|Shelley Moore Capito||2001–2015||2nd||November 26, 1953|
Living former U.S. Senators from West Virginia
As of April 2015[update], there are two former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of West Virginia who are currently living at this time, one from Class 1 and one from Class 2.
|Senator||Term of office||Class||Date of birth (and age)|
|Jay Rockefeller||1985–2015||2||June 18, 1937|
|Carte Goodwin||2010||1||February 27, 1974|
- wvculture.org - Restored Government
- wvculture.org - Statehood
- Virgil Anson Lewis (1892). Southern Historical Magazine: Devoted to History, Genealogy, Biography, Archæology and Kindred Subjects. V.A. Lewis. p. 14.