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Erik Wells
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West Virginia State Senate District 8
Former member
In office
Bachelor'sSaint Vincent College
Master'sWest Virginia University
Date of birthFebruary 5, 1967
Place of birthSanta Monica, CA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Erik Wells (b. February 5, 1967) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Wells earned his B.A. from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his M.A. from West Virginia University.

Wells has worked in public relations, as media consultant, and owner of Wells Media Group Limited Liability Company. He has served as Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserves as a Public Affairs Officer since 2001.[1]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Military, Chair
Education, Vice Chair
Economic Development
Interstate Cooperation
Veterans' Affairs, Chair
Joint Education, Vice Chair
Education Accountability, Chair
Joint Economic Development
Joint Finance
Joint Interstate Cooperation
Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education


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


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



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Erik P. Wells was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ed Gaunch was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gaunch defeated Wells and Mike Fisher (Constitution) in the general election.[2][3]

West Virginia State Senate District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Gaunch 53% 14,094
     Democratic Erik P. Wells Incumbent 43.1% 11,472
     Constitution Mike Fisher 3.9% 1,041
Total Votes 26,607


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Erik Wells was re-elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 8. He defeated Democrats Richard Robb and Richard Lindsay II in the May 11 primary. He defeated Republican Bob Ore in the November 2, 2010, general election.[4][5][6]

West Virginia State Senate, District 8 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Erik Wells (D) 36,280 63.21%
Robert Ore (R) 21,116 36.79%
West Virginia State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Erik Wells D) 8,343 38.83%
Richard A. Robb (D) 6,866 31.96%
Richard David Lindsay II (D) 1,352 6.29%


On November 7, 2006, Erik Wells won election to an open seat on the West Virginia State Senate, District 8. [7]

Wells raised $63,082 for his campaign, while Mark Plants raised $69,730.[8]

West Virginia Senate, District 8 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Erik Wells (D) 31,073
Mark Plants (R) 22,408

Campaign donors


In 2010, Wells received $62,270 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Erik Wells's campaign in 2010
American Electric Power$2,000
West Virginia Chamber Of Commerce$2,000
Contractors Association Of West Virginia$2,000
Jacobs, Jeremy M$2,000
West Virginia Bankers Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $62,270


Wells raised $63,082 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
West Virginia Regional Council of Carpenters $2,000
Building & Construction Trades Council $2,000
West Virginia Laborers District Council $2,000
West Virginia Education Association $2,000


Wells is married to West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. They have one child.[1]


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In 2014, the West Virginia State Legislature was in session from January 8 through March 10.

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Preceded by
West Virginia State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Ed Gaunch (R)