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Bill Maloney (West Virginia)

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Bill Maloney
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Candidate for
Governor of West Virginia
Bachelor'sLehigh University
ProfessionDrilling consultant and energy company owner
Campaign website
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Bill Maloney was a Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in the 2012 elections. He defeated Ralph William Clark in the Republican primary on May 8th and lost to incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin, to whom he also lost a special election in 2011 to fill the gubernatorial seat vacated by Joe Manchin, in the November 6th general election.[1]


A Lehigh University graduate who studied industrial engineering, Maloney has a career in the mining industry, specifically in drilling. He began as a rig hand and worked up to a project engineer's position.

In 1984, he founded Shaft Drillers International, a company he stayed with until 2006. He also was a co-founder and an executive with North American Drillers and North American Pump and Supply Co. Currently, Maloney is a principal wtih Cow Run Energy LLC and Drill Leader LLC.

He also works with the West Virginia Angel Network to encourage other entrepreneurs and was a founder of the Mine Rescue Drilling Fund.[2]

His others affiliations include:

  • Society of Mining Engineers
  • the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute
  • the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia
  • the National Groundwater Association
  • West Virginia chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, (past chair)


  • BS, Industrial engineering, Lehigh University



See also: West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2012 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2012

Maloney defeated Ralph William Clark in the May 8, 2012 primary election.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin in the November 6, 2012 general election.[3]

Governor of West Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Ray Tomblin Incumbent 50.4% 284,758
     Republican Bill Maloney 45.7% 258,376
     Mountain Jesse Johnson 2.6% 14,614
     Libertarian David Moran 1.4% 7,653
Total Votes 565,401
Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.

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On his campaign website, Maloney outlined his basic philosophy:[4]

We need more jobs, better education for our children, and the freedom to live our lives as we choose. For too long, the career politicians in Charleston have given us the opposite.They’ve grown the size of government, wasted your tax dollars, and mismanaged the state budget. They’ve picked winners and losers from among their special interest pals and called it economic development. They’ve increased your taxes, increased job-killing regulations, and chased jobs away.

He also addressed specific issues:

  • Job growth: "As your governor, I’d remove the obstacles to job growth and work to make West Virginia a great place to work and raise a family. I’d fight against unfair taxes and job-killing regulations. I’d cut wasteful government spending and remove red tape. I’d fix our out-dated courts and end our lawsuit abuse problem. I’d stand-up to intrusive federal agencies that threaten our jobs. I’d demand accountability from our schools and more local control for parents and educators."
  • Business climate & taxes: "To create jobs, we need to fix our business climate. To do that, we need to fix our regressive tax structure, clean up our courts, stop lawsuit abuse, and control government spending in Charleston."
  • Ethics and accountability: "Bill Maloney isn’t a career politician. He wants to increase transparency and remove fraud and abuse from state government. We need stronger disclosures, increased oversight of state funds, and an end to conflicts of interests. We also need clean elections, and the accountability to make them a reality."
  • West Virginia values:
  • "Bill Maloney is proud to be 100% pro-life and pro-traditional marriage between one man and one woman."
  • "Bill is 100% pro-Second Amendment and will defend our right to keep and bear arms."
  • "Bill supports more local and parental control in education and eliminating bureaucracy. He supports rewarding good teachers so we can keep the best and brightest in West Virginia. He also supports homeschooling."


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 West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.

With just over 45% of the vote, Maloney won the May 14, 2011 Republican primary easily; his nearest rival for the nomination came in just under 31%. He lost the general election on October 4, 2011 to Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin.


Maloney described himself as "100% pro-life and 100% traditional marriage," and identifies himself a champion for Second Amendment rights.[5]

He also advocated cutting taxes and encouraging businesses to come to the state, as part of a plan to keep younger citizens from leaving the state.


In the special election held October 4, 2011, Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin defeated 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


Maloney won the Republican seat for the November 2011 special election following a 45.11% win in the May 17 primary. Maloney faced seven Republicans in the primary.

2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Clark S. Barnes 9.58%
Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
Ralph William Clark 1.88%
Cliff Ellis 0.45%
Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
Betty Ireland 30.91%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Maloney 45.11%
Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total votes 61,134



Tomblin v. Maloney for Governor
Poll Earl Ray Tomblin Bill MaloneyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Charleston Daily Mail by R.L. Repass & Partners
(August 22-25, 2012)
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Maloney lost the election to the position of Governor of West Virginia in 2012. During that election cycle, Maloney raised a total of $2,984,095.


Along with his wife Sharon and two daughters, Bill Maloney resides in Monongalia County.[2]

See also

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