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Brooks McCabe
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West Virginia Public Service Commission
In office
November 2014-present
Term ends
June 30, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
AppointedNovember 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia State Senate District 17
Bachelor'sUniversity of Vermont, 1970
Master'sUniversity of Vermont, 1972
OtherEd.D., West Virginia University, 1975
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Reserves
Date of birthJanuary 19, 1949
Place of birthCharleston, West Virginia
Brooks McCabe (b. January 14, 1949) is a current commissioner on the West Virginia Public Service Commission. He was first appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) in November 2014 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Ryan Palmer. The commission is a nonpartisan body, though McCabe served as a Democratic legislator for 16 years.[1]

He was a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 17 from 1998 to 2014. McCabe did not seek re-election in 2014.


McCabe earned his B.S. from the University of Vermont in 1970. He went on to earn his M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in 1972. He then earned his Ed.D. from West Virginia University in 1975.

McCabe served as a captain in the United States Air Reserves. He was assistant to the director for the Governor's Office of Federal State Relations from 1975 to 1979. He was also Director for the Governor's Disaster Recovery Office from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1980, he worked as a commercial sales agent for Home Finders Incorporated. McCabe worked as senior managing director for McCabe Henley Limited Partnership from 1980 to 2005. He has worked as a brokerage manager for McCabe Henley Limited Partnership since 2005.[2]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Pensions, Vice Chair
Natural Resources
Banking and Insurance
Economic Development
Transportation and Infrastructure
PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care, Chair
Pensions and Retirement, Vice Chair
Finance and Administration
Joint Economic Development
Joint Finance
Government Operations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McCabe served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McCabe served on these committees:

Political career

West Virginia Public Service Commission (2014 - present)

As a commissioner, McCabe is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and sits on the organization's telecommunications and international relations committees.[1]



McCabe was first appointed to the commission in November 2014 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2015.[1]



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Brooks McCabe was re-elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 17. He was unopposed in the May 11 primary. He defeated Republican Charles Minimah and Mountain Party David B. Hall in the November 2, 2010, general election.[3][4][5]

West Virginia State Senate, District 17 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brooks McCabe (D) 32,085 55.87%
Charles Minimah (R) 21,715 37.81%
David Bruce Hall (M) 3,628 6.32%
West Virginia State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brooks McCabe (D) 11,027 68.75%


On November 7, 2006, Brooks McCabe won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 17.[6]

McCabe raised $186,816 for his campaign, while Ann Calvert raised $25,687.[7]

West Virginia Senate, District 17 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brooks McCabe (D) 31,746
Ann Calvert 20,552

Campaign donors


In 2010, McCabe received $242,208 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brooks McCabe's campaign in 2010
Mccabe, Brooks$4,400
West Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council$2,000
West Virginia Bankers Association$2,000
Contractors Association Of West Virginia$2,000
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $242,208


McCabe raised $186,816 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
West Virginia Hospital Association $2,000
Friends of the Track Pac $2,000
Jeremy Jacobs $2,000
Building & Construction Trades Council $2,000


Brooks and his wife, Barbara, have one child.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Palmer
West Virginia Public Service Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by
West Virginia State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Corey Palumbo (D)