Bob Henry Baber

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Bob Henry Baber
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, West Virginia
PartyMountain Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAntioch College
Ph.D.Union Institute
ProfessionHigher education
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Bob Henry Baber was a 2014 Mountain Party candidate from West Virginia for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] Baber also unsuccessfully sought election to the Senate in 2012.[2]

In 2011, Baber ran for Governor of West Virginia in the 2011 elections. He lost in the special election on October 4, 2011, to Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin.


A lifelong resident of West Virginia, Baber earned his B.A. from Antioch College 1976, and his PhD from the Union Institute in 1983. Baber is currently working as the major gifts officer at West Virginia's Glenville State College, while also pursuing his work as a mosaic artist.[3]



Baber described himself as a populist and an environmentalist. Addressing the Marcellus shale, he backed "green" energy sources and endorsed creating new taxes to pay for increased regulation of drilling. He also argued that a better environment would lead to more tourism.[4]

Speaking on West Virginia's finances, he said, "Even though I’m a liberal in the Mountain Party, I’m as tight as the bark on a tree."[4] Baber agreed with many other candidates that federal funding was shrinking and likely to continue doing so, increasing the need for local fund sources. He came out against taxes on such things as vehicles, which disproportionately impacted low income citizens, and admitted he backed taxes on "vices."[4]



See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014

Baber ran in the 2014 elections for the U.S. Senate to represent West Virginia, but lost in the general election.[1]

Election results

U.S. Senate, West Virginia General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito 62.1% 280,400
     Democratic Natalie Tennant 34.5% 155,730
     Libertarian John Buckley 1.6% 7,344
     Constitution Phil Hudok 0.6% 2,543
     Mountain Bob Henry Baber 1.2% 5,481
Total Votes 451,498
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State


See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2012

Baber lost in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent West Virginia. Baber faced incumbent Joe Manchin (D) and John Raese (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] Manchin won.[2]

U.S. Senate, West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Manchin III Incumbent 60.5% 391,669
     Republican John R. Raese 36.5% 236,620
     Mountain Bob Henry Baber 3% 19,232
Total Votes 647,521
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012; however, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, and is next in succession to the office of governor.

In the special election held October 4, 2011, Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated Republican Bill Maloney, Mountain Party candidate Bob Henry Baber, Independent candidate Marla Ingels, and American Third Position candidate Harry Bertram.

Governor of West Virginia, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 49.6% 149,202
     Republican Bill Maloney 47% 141,656
     Mountain Party Bob Henry Baber 2% 6,083
     Independent Marla Ingels 1% 2,875
     American Third Position Harry Bertram 0.4% 1,111
     Write-In Phil Hudok 0% 76
     Write-In Donald Lee Underwood 0% 54
     Write-In John R. "Rick" Bartlett 0% 27
Total Votes 301,084
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State

Mountain Party convention

Baber received the Mountain Party's nomination at the party convention on May 1, 2011, just prior to the state primary.

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