Earl Ray Tomblin
|Earl Ray Tomblin|
|Governor of West Virginia|
|November 15, 2010 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Joe Manchin (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||October 4, 2011|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|West Virginia State Senate|
|1980 - November 15, 2010|
|West Virginia House of Delegates|
|1974 - 1980|
|High school||Chapmanville High School (1970)|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University|
|Birthday||March 15, 1952|
|Place of birth||Logan County, West Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Polls
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Before being elected governor, Tomblin had been a state legislator for 36 years. He served in the state Senate from 1980 to 2010, representing the 7th district. Tomblin was the longest serving senate president in West Virginia history, having been elected to the position 18 straight years. Prior to that he served in the House of Delegates from 1974-1980.
Tomblin was born on March 15, 1952 in Logan County, WV. Growing up, he and his family lived above a Chapmanville restaurant his parents owned. He worked in the restaurant busing tables before attending West Virginia University, where he earned a a bachelor of science degree.
- Chapmanville High School, 1970
- BS, Business management, West Virginia University
- MBA, Marshall University
Governor of West Virginia (2010-Present)
Tomblin was sworn in as Acting Governor on November 16, 2010. He became the interim Governor of West Virginia when current Governor Joe Manchin resigned to fill the United States Senate seat of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd.
Tomblin's plans as acting governor
On November 8, 2010, Tomblin announced that he would act as both acting governor of West Virginia and senate president, while turning over the day-to-day running of the senate to Senate Pro Tempore Joe Minard (D-Harrison). “Our Constitution and our laws contemplate a clear and organized transfer of power,” said Tomblin. “The Constitution states that, when a vacancy arises in the offices of governor, the senate president shall act as governor until a vacancy is filled. Throughout my tenure as Senate President, I have always been mindful of this responsibility.”
As governor, Tomblin is responsible for appointing judges to West Virginia state courts. In West Virginia, the governor makes a judicial appointment to fill a vacancy. The judge serves the remainder of the unexpired term. For an up-to-date list of all of Tomblin's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
In early May 2013, Tomblin announced West Virginia would expand Medicaid coverage, an option under the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act. Under the plan approximately 91,500 additional state residents would become eligible for insurance coverage. Tomblin became the 27th governor to agree to the expansion. He said he based his decision on the financial analysis which showed the first decade of expansion would cost the state under $400 million, but bring in over $5 billion in federal funding.
Supreme Court ruling
In early 2011, a Supreme Court battle ensued about when to elect the next Governor of West Virginia. Citizen Action Group and local attorney Thorton Cooper said the state Constitution and state code disagree, and a special election for governor should be called quickly. Attorneys for Acting Gov. Tomblin and House Speaker Richard Thompson disagreed whether an election should be called. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant‘s legal counsel took a neutral position.
Kathryn Bayless, counsel for CAG, said only the court could require the Legislature and Tomblin to act, and that an election is needed as soon as possible. Bayless argued that article 7 section 16 of the Constitution is clear there “shall” be a “new” election for governor in event of an absence. “The people of West Virginia want a new election, and that is what the Constitution provides for,” Bayless said.
West Virginia State Senate (1980-2011)
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tomblin served on these committees:
- Government and Finance Committee, West Virginia State Legislature, Chair
- Interstate Cooperation Committee, West Virginia State Legislature, Ex-Officio
- Rule-Making Review Committee, West Virginia State Legislature, Ex-Officio
- Special Investigations Committee, West Virginia State Legislature, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tomblin served on these committees:
West Virginia House of Delegates (1974-1980)
Prior to serving in the state senate, Tomblin was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1974, and then re-elected in 1976 and 1978.
|Governor of West Virginia General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Earl Ray Tomblin Incumbent||50.4%||284,758|
|Election Results via West Virginia Secretary of State Election Results Center.|
Heading into the primary election, Tomblin was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.
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. Tomblin took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor, and won the primary election held May 17th.
Links to gambling
During the 2011 gubernatorial election, Tomblin came under fire for his reported connections to gambling interests in West Virginia.
- Tomblin's mother, Freda, is the owner of Tomblin Kennels, which breeds greyhounds for West Virginia's two dog racing tracks, Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center. Tomblin Kennels received $263,604 in 2007 from the West Virginia Greyhound Breeder Development Fund, a state agency.
- Tomblin owned Southern Amusement, a company that owned 640 video lottery terminals at 128 locations in the state until 1995. At the time it was against the law for video lottery machines, known as gray machines, to be able to pay out. Under pressure to end his association with this company, Tomblin sold it to former state delegate Joe Ferrell, a family friend. Ferrell was indicted June 8, 2009, on 48 counts, including racketeering, mail fraud, and obstruction, by United States Attorney Charles T. Miller.
- Executives associated with the Mountaineer RaceTrack and Gaming Resort gave $2,000 to Tomblin's 2008 senate campaign.
- Tomblin's 2008 campaign was given $1,000 by the Friends of the Track Political Action Committee (PAC), Charlestown Racing, $1,000 from Penn National Gaming PAC; $1,000 from Phil Reale, attorney for the West Virginia Limited Video Lottery Retailers Association; and $850 from Linda Knowles, owner of K & K Music, a video lottery business.
- Executives associated with Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center gave a total of $4,000 to the 2008 campaign. Wheeling Island Racetrack was owned by Delaware North, whose chair and CEO at the time was Jeremy M. Jacobs; Jacobs and his two sons gave a cumulative total of $4,000 in 2008 to the Tomblin campaign.
- General election
|Governor of West Virginia, 2011|
|Democratic||Earl Ray Tomblin Incumbent||49.6%||149,202|
|Mountain Party||Bob Henry Baber||2%||6,083|
|American Third Position||Harry Bertram||0.4%||1,111|
|Write-In||Donald Lee Underwood||0%||54|
|Write-In||John R. "Rick" Bartlett||0%||27|
|Election Results Via: West Virginia Secretary of State|
- Primary election
Acting Governor of West Virginia Tomblin won the Democratic seat for the November 2011 special election following a 40.37% win in the May 17 primary. Tomblin faced five Democrats in the primary.
Comprehensive donor information for Tomblin is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Tomblin raised a total of $8,670,849 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 7, 2013.
Tomblin won re-election to the position of Governor of West Virginia in 2012. During that election cycle, Tomblin raised a total of $3,454,252.
|Governor of West Virginia 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Earl Ray Tomblin's campaign in 2012|
|P. Jerome Richey||$2,000|
|Thomas R. Trointino||$2,000|
|Pamela Dawn Tarr||$2,000|
|Verna K. Gibson||$2,000|
|West Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$3,454,252|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Earl Ray Tomblin's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Earl Ray Tomblin's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of West Virginia
West Virginia State Senate
West Virginia State Senate
West Virginia State Senate
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,634,103 (Republican)|
$3,848 (Mountain Party)
|Top 5 contributors||Committee to Elect Earl Ray Tomblin 2008||$395,000||Contractors Association of West Virginia||$2,000||Contractors Association of West Virginia||$2,000||West Virginia Bankers Association||$2,000|
|Merck & Co||$2,600||West Virginia Federation of Teachers||$2,000||West Virginia State Medical Association||$2,000||Philip Morris||$2,000|
|AMGEN||$2,500||West Virginia Bankers Association||$2,000||J&K State Legislative PAC||$2,000||Banc One West Virginia Corp PAC||$2,000|
|JP Morgan Chase & Co||$2,057||American Electric Power||$2,000||West Virginia Trial Lawyers||$2,000||West Virginia Dental Association||$2,000|
|Mountain State Blue PAC||$2,000||West Virginia Association of Realtors||42,000||West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association||$2,000||West Virginia Hospital Association||$2,000|
|Tomblin v. Maloney for Governor|
|Poll||Earl Ray Tomblin||Bill Maloney||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Charleston Daily Mail by R.L. Repass & Partners|
(August 22-25, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
Tomblin and his wife, Joanne, have one son together. Joanne is the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
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- Governor of West Virginia
- West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011
- West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2012
- Office of the West Virginia Governor
- Tomblin's campaign website
- Tomblin on Facebook
- Tomblin on Twitter
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000
- Huffington Post.com, "West Virginia election results," October 4, 2011
- Earl Ray Tomblin, "Earl Ray," accessed April 29, 2013
- West Virginia Watchdog "VIDEO: Acting Gov. Tomblin Takes Oath of Office", November 16, 2010
- "VIDEO: Tomblin Announces Plans as Acting Governor of West Virginia," West Virginia Watchdog, November 8, 2010
- Huffington Post, "West Virginia Medicaid Expansion: Earl Ray Tomblin Agrees To Expand Program," May 2, 2013
- Public News Service, "Tomblin Says Medicaid Expansion Healthy for WV," May 3, 2013
- WDTV.com, "Tomblin, Maloney to face off again in November," May 8, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State "Election Results" Accessed November 6, 2012
- Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
- Wheeling News Register, "Breeders Cash In", August 10, 2008
- West Virginia Examiner, "More Tomblin Connections", July 29, 2009
- West Virginia Examiner, "Missed Connections in Ferrell Case"
- Official results; West Virginia Secretary of State
- West Virginia official list of 2010 candidates
- West Virginia Election Results
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Earl Ray Tomblin," accessed May 7, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
- NCSL, "Mountain State Lawmaker Reaches Summit", July 21, 2009
|West Virginia House of Delegates
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|West Virginia State Senate
| Succeeded by|
Joe Manchin (D)
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| Succeeded by|
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