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Evan Jenkins
Jenkins evan.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
West Virginia State Senate District 5
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next primaryMay 13, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia State House of Delegates
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida, 1983
J.D.Cumberland School of Law
BirthdaySeptember 12, 1960
Place of birthHuntington, WV
Office website
Campaign website
Evan Jenkins campaign logo
Evan H. Jenkins (b. September 12, 1960) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

On July 31, 2013, Jenkins switched his affiliation from Democratic to Republican, announcing his intention to run for the U.S. House against incumbent Nick Rahall (D).[1]

Jenkins served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 1998.


Jenkins earned his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1983. He went on to earn his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, and he currently works as an attorney. He was the CEO of the West Virginia Medical Foundation, and he taught business law as an instructor at Marshall University. He is also the former co-chairman of the Health Care Committee in the West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. [2]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Pensions, Chair
Health and Human Resources, Vice Chair
Energy, Industry and Mining
Banking and Insurance
Government Organization
Minority Issues, Chair
Pensions and Retirement, Chair
Health, Vice Chair
Children, Juveniles and Other Issues
Joint Government Organization
Joint Judiciary
Veterans' Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jenkins served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jenkins served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Jenkins highlights the following issues on his website:[3]

  • Coal: President Obama and his EPA are waging a War on Coal, and Evan will fight it tooth and nail. He’ll strongly oppose Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme, a carbon tax and job-killing EPA regulations. Evan understands that in West Virginia, coal is not just our economic lifeblood – it makes us who we are. In the state legislature, Jenkins has supported numerous measures to protect the health, safety and pensions of West Virginia coal miners, and he is firmly opposed to any cuts to the Federal Black Lung Benefit Program.
  • Middle-class Jobs: Growing up in the shadow of Huntington’s once-proud manufacturing plants, Evan will help keep jobs here in America. He understands that stringent federal regulations on small businesses and a burdensome tax system are preventing West Virginia industry from expanding operations and creating new jobs.
  • Obamacare: Evan knows that ObamaCare will cost trillions, raise premiums and kill jobs. As the disastrous implementation of Obama’s health law has proved, this is a classic boondoggle that will greatly damage our health care system. Evan will lead efforts to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common sense health care reforms that will improve access to quality health care and preserve your doctor-patient relationship.
  • Fiscal Conservative: Evan knows we most end the ‘tax and spend’ ways of Washington.  Our nation’s $17 Trillion deficit is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren and must stop.  He believes we must live within our means and tax relief, not tax increases, is what we need to get our country moving in the right direction.
  • Traditional Values: Evan knows that life begins at conception and is firm in his convictions. He supported West Virginia’s Defense of Marriage Act clearly recognizing  that marriage is between one man and woman, and will always defend your constitutionally guaranteed 2nd Amendment rights.


—Evan Jenkins, http://evanjenkins.com/evan-on-the-issues/


Party switch

Jenkins switched his affiliation from Democratic to Republican on July 31, 2013, and he announced his run for the United States House of Representatives on the same day.[1] This switch was anticipated, and the day before Senate President Jeffrey Kessler (D) took away Jenkins's leadership posts in the Senate. Delegate Kevin Craig (D) had already filed pre-candidacy paperwork to run for the seat held by Jenkins.[5] U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D), who first entered Congress in 1977 and is the target of both Jenkins's run for Congress and national Republicans, told Politico prior to Jenkins's announcement that he expected Jenkins to switch parties and run against him.[5][6][7] However, the switch generated sharply different reactions from Democrats and Republicans. The West Virginia Republican Party chairman said that "Senator Jenkins is the finest example of an elected official who sees that West Virginia's future must take precedence over the parties of the past."[8] In contrast, the Democratic party chairman released a statement saying, "When Washington Republican money came a knockin', Jenkins went a walkin'," and calling Jenkins "only loyal to the dollar" and "Washington Republican money."[8][1] Rahall commented on Jenkins switching parties saying, "Flip-flop. How many times is Evan Jenkins going to switch parties?" in reference to Jenkins's switch from Republican to Democratic party affiliation in February 1993 before winning a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1994.[6][1] Rahall also said, referring to his 2010 opponent, who also switched parties prior to running against Rahall, "I’ve dealt with traitors before and I’ll deal with traitors again."[6][8]

Jenkins and Rahall donated to each other's campaigns in recent election cycles.[9]



See also:West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Jenkins announced a switch of political parties, from Democratic to Republican, and he will challenge incumbent Democrat Nick Rahall for the U.S. House in West Virginia.[10]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Jenkins to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[11][12]


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Evan Jenkins was re-elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 5. He won the May 11, 2010 primary and ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election.[13][14][15]

West Virginia State Senate, District 5 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Evan Jenkins (D) 19,813 100%
West Virginia State Senate, District 5 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Evan H. Jenkins (D) 5,490 66.27%
John Leslie Cummings (D) 2,185 26.38%
Kevin Scott Regan (D) 609 7.35%


On November 7, 2006, Evan Jenkins won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 5.

Jenkins raised $137,036 for his campaign, while Thomas Scott raised $64,952.[16]

West Virginia Senate, District 5 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Evan Jenkins (D) 16,502
Thomas Scott 9,257


Potential general election match-up
Poll Nick Rahall (D) Evan Jenkins (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Tarrance Group
March 3-5, 2014
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Sabato's Crystal Ball

Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, has changed West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Republican.” Kondik listed the following reasons for the change: the Tarrance Group poll above, the false rumor that Rahall considered retiring, "the overwhelming support voters gave to Mitt Romney in 2012" in the third district, and Rahall's inability to separate himself from Obama, who is largely unpopular in the district.[17]



Americans for Prosperity's February 2014 ad, "Tell Rep. Rahall to Stop Obamacare."

American Energy Alliance's April 2014 ad, "Killing Coal."

"Evan Jenkins: Backbone."

Americans for Prosperity's April 2014 ad, "Your Plan Has Been Cancelled."


House Majority PAC's December 2013 ad, "Cannot Change."

House Majority PAC's March 2014 ad, "Nick Rahall - Stick."

House Majority PAC's March 2014 ad, "Evan Jenkins - Worry."

House Majority PAC's April 2014 ad, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - Spill."

"Rahall: Cecil 30."

House Majority PAC's April 2014 ad, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - 'Counting'."

Nick Rahall's May 4, 2014 ad, "My Home."

House Majority PAC

See also: House Majority PAC

House Majority PAC launched an ad buy on December 10, 2013, for Nick Rahall (D).[18] The ad ran throughout southern West Virginia for ten days and cost approximately $150,000.[18]

“Right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded groups are spending big to prop up a two-time party-switcher, but Mountaineers know Nick Rahall is a fighter for southern West Virginia,” said Andy Stone, Communications Director for House Majority PAC.[18]

House Majority PAC released another $65,000 ad buy in March 2014 defending Rahall's record on coal.[19][20]

In the ad, a man identified as retired coal miner Rick Ryan goes after the “New York billionaires” for paying for attack ads against Rahall.[19]

“Nick Rahall isn’t against coal. He saved my job and 500 others when he stopped Washington from closing the Hobet Mine...Those billionaires want you to vote for Evan Jenkins, a man the Gazette called a ‘shill’ for insurance companies,” Ryan said in the ad.[19]

The group released a third ad for Nick Rahall on March 11, 2014, "Worry."[21]

The ad featured a West Virginia coal-mining family warning "we both could get hurt" if Rahall's opponent, state Rep. Evan Jenkins, wins the race.[21] At the same time, the group paid $60,000 to put out the ad and keep another running.[21]

House Majority PAC released a $65,000 ad buy, "Spill", in April 2014 accusing Jenkins of delaying a water safety bill. The ad also ties Jenkins to the Koch bothers.[22]

“Worry” Controversy

The ad "Worry," created by House Majority PAC in support of Nick Rahall (D), claimed that Evan Jenkins (R) “vowed to repeal black lung benefits” and “supports letting insurance companies charge women more for healthcare.”[23]

FactCheck.org called the claims "bogus" explaining that, although Jenkins has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, doing so would not repeal the Federal Black Lung Benefits Program.[24] Jenkins supports repealing and replacing the ACA, but he has not explained how he would replace it. According to Jenkins’s website, "he is firmly opposed to any cuts to the Federal Black Lung Benefit Program."[25] Jenkins’s campaign also explained that he "would support a replacement bill that prohibits gender-based ratings when setting premiums."[24]

According to WVGazette.com, “The fight comes down to who would better protect the expanded black lung protections that the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., added to the Affordable Care Act.”[26]


See also: Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity launched a $30,000 radio ad attacking incumbent Nick Rahall on February 10, 2014.[27]

American Energy Alliance

The American Energy Alliance launched the TV ad, "Killing Coal", attacking Rep. Nick Rahall on April 1, 2014. The campaign is backed by a $113,000 buy.[28]


Jenkins launched his first ad, "Evan Jenkins: Backbone," which attacks Rahall and House Majority PAC for their false claims in the "Worry" ad. After citing Factcheck.org's argument that the claims made by Rahall and HMP are "bogus," the narrator says, "Nick Rahall, a lying politician, just like Obama."[29]


Rahall launched an ad featuring Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers Association. In the ad, Roberts “accuses 'billionaires' of 'telling lies' about Rahall.”[29]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jenkins' reports.[30]

Evan Jenkins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$0$207,285$(10,342)$196,941
Year End[32]January 31, 2014$196,941$202,189$(32,012)$367,118
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$367,118.19$193,529.93$(48,385.86)$512,262.26
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2014$438,354.98$485,175.38$(234,705.05)$688,825.31
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2014$688,825.31$332,465.96$(559,880.80)$461,410.47
Running totals


In 2010, Jenkins received $95,898 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[36]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Evan Jenkins's campaign in 2010
Contractors Association Of West Virginia$2,000
American Electric Power$2,000
West Virginia Hospital Association$1,500
Steptoe & Johnson$1,000
Ozturk, Ahmet H$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $95,898


Jenkins raised $137,036 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[37]

Donor Amount
John Wade, Jr. $2,000
Ahmed Faheem $2,000
David Rader $2,000
John Jenkins, Jr. $2,000


Evan and his wife Elizabeth have three children. They attend the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington.[38]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Associated Press, "Lawmaker switches parties, to seek Rahall's seat," July 31, 2013
  2. West Virginia Legislature, "Evan H. Jenkins (R - Cabell, 05)," accessed March 27, 2014
  3. Evan Jenkins for Congress, ‘‘Issues,’’ accessed March 27, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Herald-Dispatch, "Jenkins stripped of leader posts in Senate," July 30, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Politico, "Democrat switches parties to run vs. Nick Rahall," July 31, 2013
  7. Politico, "For Nick Rahall, distance from EPA, Obama still vital," July 29, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The State Journal, "WV GOP welcomes Sen. Evan Jenkins to the party and US Congress run," July 31, 2013
  9. The Charleston Daily Mail, "Nick Rahall, Evan Jenkins contributed to each other's campaigns," July 30, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "West Virginia Democrat switches parties to challenge Rahall," accessed July 31, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "House Republicans put 36 recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  12. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  13. Office of the WV Secretary of State, "West Virginia official list of 2010 candidates," accessed April 30, 2014
  14. Office of the WV Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 30, 2014
  15. Office of the WV Secretary of State, "General Election results" accessed April 30, 2014
  16. 2006 Follow the Money, "JENKINS, EVAN H," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Metro News, "Sabato’s Crystal Ball goes to ‘leans Republican’ for Rahall-Jenkins," April 10, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 The House Majority PAC, "House Majority PAC To Air WV-03 Ad," accessed December 11, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 The Hill, "Super-PAC defends Rahall on coal," accessed March 11, 2014
  20. National Journal, "Election day in FL-13; House majority PAC defends Rahall in WV-03; Crist Outraised Scott in Feb.," accessed March 11, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 The Hill, "Dem super-PAC launches new ad for Rahall," accessed March 17, 2014
  22. The Hill, "Dem super-PAC knocks Rahall opponent on chemical spill," April 8, 2014
  23. Youtube.com, "WV-03: Evan Jenkins - ‘Worry'," accessed March 28, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 FactCheck.org, "Bogus attack in coal mine country," accessed March 28, 2014
  25. Evan Jenkins for Congress, "Coal," accessed March 31, 2014
  26. W.V. Gazette, "Ad sparks dispute between Rahall, Jenkins camps," accessed March 26, 2014
  27. Politico, "Obama commits to at least 18 Democratic fundraisers—Jindal warns of ‘modern left’ at Reagan Library—FL-13 polls show Sink in the lead—Friday standings—Beyer gets a new endorsement in VA-08," accessed February 11, 2014
  28. National Journal, "ACA enrollment surpasses 7M; AEA goes after Begich, Rahall on coal; Gray loses D.C. mayoral primary," accessed April 2, 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 Roll Call, “Republican hits vulnerable West Virginia Democrat in first TV spot,” accessed April 17, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Jenkins 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 6, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 26, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 26, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  36. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  37. Follow the Money, "Campaign contributors to Evan Jenkins," accessed April 30, 2014
  38. Evan Jenkins U.S. Congress, "About," accessed March 27 2014
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