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Craig Blair

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Craig Blair
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West Virginia State Senate, District 15
In office
December 1, 2012 – present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 3
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
Date of birthOctober 17, 1959
Place of birthMartinsburg, West Virginia
ProfessionCertified Water Specialist
Office website
Campaign website
Craig Blair (b. October 17, 1959) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 15 since 2012. Blair is a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He represented District 52 from 2002-2010. [1]

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


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

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


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


Campaign themes

Blair's website highlights 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 non-partisan elections for judges."

health Care

  • "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."


  • "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."



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


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][8]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Blair and his wife, Andrea, have two children.

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Preceded by
Clark Barnes
West Virginia State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
West Virginia House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by
Larry D. Kump (R)