Truman Chafin

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Truman Chafin
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West Virginia State Senate District 6
Former member
In office
Bachelor'sMarshall University
J.D.Emory University
Date of birthJuly 10, 1945
Place of birthWilliamson, West Virginia
Personal website
H. Truman Chafin (b. July 10, 1945) is a former Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 6 from 1982 to 2014. He became Senate Majority Leader in 1998 and served in the position for the remainder of his tenure.


Chafin earned his J.D. from Emory University. Chafin has attended both the University of Michigan and Detroit College of Law. He earned his BBA from Marshall University.

He currently works as an attorney. Chafin has served as a judge for the City of Williamson. He was President of the Mingo County Commission from 1981 to 1982.[1]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance
Children, Juveniles and Other Issues
Joint Finance
Joint Interstate Cooperation
Pensions and Retirement


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2011
Banking and Insurance
Confirmations, Vice Chair
Economic Development
Joint Education
Employee Suggestion Award Board
Joint Finance
Government and Finance
Government Organization
Joint Government Organization
Health and Human Resources
Health and Human Resources Accountability
Joint Judiciary
Special Investigations


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


Open records request

In 2009, Chafin made a Freedom of Information Act request from the state Division of Transportation. He sought details of how federal dollars awarded to the West Virginia Turnpike toll-road were being disbursed. He suspected that while "the toll road drew down millions in federal dollars, the money was spent on other highway projects, and not the maintenance and upkeep of the turnpike."[2]



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 H. Truman Chafin was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mark R. Maynard was unopposed in the Republican primary. Maynard defeated Chafin in the general election.[3][4]

West Virginia State Senate District 6, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark R. Maynard 50.8% 11,620
     Democratic H. Truman Chafin Incumbent 49.2% 11,245
Total Votes 22,865


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Truman Chafin ran for re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 6. He won the May 11 primary and ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.[5]


On November 7, 2006, Truman Chafin ran unopposed and won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 6.[6]

Chafin raised $219,810 for his campaign.[7]

West Virginia Senate, District 6 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Truman Chafin (D) 14,621

Campaign donors


In 2010, Chafin received $416,070 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]


Chafin raised $219,810 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Truman Chafin $144,500
Jeremy Jacobs $2,000
Jackson & Kelly $2,000
West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $2,000


Chafin is married to Letitia Neese. They have three children.[10]


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Preceded by
West Virginia State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Mark R. Maynard (R)