Bill Cole

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Bill Cole
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West Virginia State Senate District 6
In office
December 1, 2012 – present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 24
May 28, 2010 - November 2, 2010
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Cole (b. May 16, 1956) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Cole served in the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 24 after his appointment on May 28, 2010, until the term expired on November 2, 2010.


Bill Cole earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Northwood University. He holds an Associates degree in Automotive Marketing from Northwood Institute.

Cole is an automobile dealer and owner of Cole Automotive Group in Bluefield and Bill Cole Automall in Ashland, Kentucky.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cole served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Organization
Transportation and Infrastructure
Enrolled Bills
Joint Education
Joint Government Organization
Joint Judiciary


While a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Cole served on the following committees:



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Cole ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 6. Cole ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated incumbent Mark Wills (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cole 57% 11,975
     Democratic Mark Wills Incumbent 43% 9,034
Total Votes 21,009


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Cole completed the term of his appointment which was until the November 2, 2010, general election. He did not run for election to the office.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cole is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cole raised a total of $297,909 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[5]

Bill Cole's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State Senate, District 6 Won $297,909
Grand Total Raised $297,909


Cole won election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cole raised a total of $297,909.
West Virginia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Cole's campaign in 2012
Cole, Bill$215,000
Cole, Thomas J$2,000
Cole II, William Paul$2,000
West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$2,000
Cole, Carol M$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$297,909
Source:Follow the Money


Cole and his wife, Brownie, have four children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
John Fanning (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
West Virginia House of Delegates District 24
May 2010 – November 2010
Succeeded by
Marty Gearheart (R)