Craig Blair

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Craig Blair
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West Virginia State Senate, District 15
Incumbent
In office
December 1, 2012 – present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
Personal
BirthdayOctober 17, 1959
Place of birthMartinsburg, West Virginia
ProfessionCertified Water Specialist
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Craig Blair (b. October 17, 1959) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Blair served in the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 52 from 2002 to 2010.[1]

Biography

Blair graduated from the Residential and Industrial Electricity Course, the Machine Trades Course, and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Course at James Rumsey Technical Institute in 1976, 1984, and 1988, respectively. He then graduated from the Water Treatment Specialist Course, the Water Disinfection/Reverse Osmosis Technologies Course, and the Ozone Technologies/Water Filtration Course at the Water Quality Association, International in 1993, 1996, and 1999, respectively.

Blair was a cook for Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1976 to 1977. He then worked as a Salesperson for Montgomery Wards from 1977 to 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he was a farmer for Rosemary Orchard. He then worked as a plant engineer for Cassco Ice/Reddy Ice from 1986 to 2003. Blair has worked for Sunset Water Services as its President/Owner since 1989. He has also worked for the Water Quality Association as a Certified Water Specialist since 1993. He is a master electrician as well.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Government Organization
Interstate Cooperation
Labor
Economic Development
Joint Government Organization

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Blair's website highlighted the following campaign themes::

Employment And Education

  • "We will reduce bureaucratic waste and spend education dollars in the classrooms, not on state administrators."
  • "We will allow local school boards more autonomy and grant greater flexibility."

Tax And Legal Reforms

  • "We will fully and immediately eliminate the tax on food which will save the average family of four $156 per year."
  • "We will have nonpartisan elections for judges."

Healthcare

  • "We will offer tax incentives to employers who provide health care coverage to their employees, especially low wage earners."
  • "We will promote health-care savings accounts, providing people a vested interest in their own well being."

Family

  • "We will constitutionally protect current West Virginia law by defining marriage as a “union of one man and one woman” and reject any other states’ attempt to redefine marriage otherwise."
  • "We will require parental notification before a minor child can receive an abortion and continue to promote polices that value all human life."

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Blair ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 15. Blair ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and won in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Blair 80.8% 28,766
     Constitution Daniel Litten 19.2% 6,847
Total Votes 35,613

2010

See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Blair did not run for re-election to District 52 of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010.

Blair was defeated by incumbent Democrat John Unger for West Virginia Senate, District 16 in the November 2, 2010, general election. Blair was unopposed in the May 11 primary.[5][6][7]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Unger (D) 18,800 50.43%
Craig Blair (R) 18,482 49.57%
West Virginia State Senate, District 16 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Craig Philip Blair (R) 3,556 37.78%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Blair is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Blair raised a total of $68,063 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 25, 2013.[8]

Craig Blair's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State Senate, District 15 Won $7,557
2010 West Virginia State Senate, District 16 Defeated $29,272
2008 West Virginia State House, District 52 Won $19,990
2006 West Virginia State House, District 52 Won $7,263
2004 West Virginia State House, District 52 Won $3,981
2002 West Virginia State House, District 52 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $68,063

2012

Blair won election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Blair raised a total of $7,557.
West Virginia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Craig Blair's campaign in 2012
Contractors Association of West Virginia$1,000
Jackson & Kelly$750
Pfizer$750
Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated$500
Merck & Co$500
Total Raised in 2012$7,557
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Blair lost the election for the West Virginia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Blair raised a total of $29,272.

2008

Blair won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2008. During that election cycle, Blair raised a total of $19,990.

2006

Blair won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2006. During that election cycle, Blair raised a total of $7,263.

2004

Blair won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2004. During that election cycle, Blair raised a total of $3,981.

Personal

Blair and his wife, Andrea, have two children. His daughter Saira has expressed an interest in running for the West Virginia House of Delegates.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clark Barnes
West Virginia State Senate District 15
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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West Virginia House of Representatives District 52
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Larry D. Kump (R)