Truman Chafin

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Truman Chafin
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West Virginia State Senate District 6
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 32
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1982
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMarshall University
J.D.Emory University
BirthdayJuly 10, 1945
Place of birthWilliamson, WV
Office website
Personal website
H. Truman Chafin (b. July 10, 1945) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982. He became Senate Majority Leader in 1998 and currently serves in that position.


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

Senator Chafin has made a Freedom of Information Act request from the state Division of Transportation. He is looking for details of how federal dollars awarded to the West Virginia Turnpike toll-road are being disbursed. He suspects 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]


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]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Truman Chafin's campaign in 2010
Chafin, H Truman$302,000
West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$2,000
Contractors Association Of West Virginia$2,000
West Virginia Regional Council Of Carpenters$2,000
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $416,070


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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