John R. Unger II
|West Virginia State Senate District 16|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position ||15|
|Majority Leader, West Virginia State Senate|
|Per diem||$131/day during session|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University, 1993|
|Master's||University of Oxford, 2004|
|Birthday||January 24, 1969|
|Place of birth||Martinsburg, WV|
(b. January 24, 1969) is a Democratic
member of the West Virginia State Senate
. He has represented District 16 since 1998.
Unger attended both the University of Hong Kong and Georgetown University School of Law. He then earned his BA from West Virginia University in 1993. He went on to receive his BA/MA from the University of Oxford in 2004.
Unger was a Missionary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong in 1988, and again from 1990 to 1991. He also worked as Special Assistant to the Director for the United States Refugee Program in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. In 1991 he was a member of United Nations Operation Provide Comfort. He was also Liaison Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization/Private Voluntary Organization in the United States Agency for International Development Disaster Assistance Response Team in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he was coordinator and founder of the West Virginia University Office of Service Learning Programs. Unger was Chief of Staff in the Hong Kong Legislative Council for Councilor Simon Ip from 1994 to 1995. He then worked as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Van Wyk Enterprises from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 and 2001 he worked as Non-Governmental Organization/National Guard Liaison Coordinator. Unger became Director of Communications for Save the Children International, Iraq in 2003. Since 1998 he has worked as producer and host of WEPM Panhandle Live Talk Show. He became Senior Advisor of Homeland Security and Economic Development for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Incorporated/United Research Services, National Energy Technology Laboratory in 2003 and has worked there since.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Unger served on the following committees:
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Unger served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Unger served on these committees:
- See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010
John Unger was re-elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 16. He defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy in the May 11 primary. Unger defeated Republican Craig Blair in the November 2, 2010 general election.
| West Virginia State Senate, District 16 (2010) General Election
| John Unger (D)
| Craig Blair (R)
| West Virginia State Senate, District 16 Democratic Primary (2010)
| John Ronald Unger II (D)
| Patrick Hale Murphy (D)
On November 7, 2006, John Unger won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 16. 
Unger raised $139,583 for his campaign, while Jerry Mays raised $40,631.
| West Virginia Senate, District 16 (2006)
| John Unger(D)
| Jerry Mays
In 2010, Unger received $140,285 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Unger's campaign in 2010|
|West Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council||$2,000
|West Virginia Federation Of Teachers||$2,000|
|West Virginia Education Association||$2,000|
|West Virginia Regional Council Of Carpenters||$2,000|
|West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council||$2,000
|Total Raised in 2010
Unger raised $139,583 for the 2006 election.
His major contributors are listed below.
| Jefferson County Teachers
| West Virginia Education Association
| Contractors Association of West Virginia
| West Virginia Bankers Association
Unger is single.
| Political offices
|West Virginia State Senate District 16
| Succeeded by|