Evan Jenkins

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Evan Jenkins
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West Virginia State Senate District 5
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 13
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
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
Date of birthSeptember 12, 1960
Place of birthHuntington, WV
Office website
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 BS from the University of Florida in 1983. He went on to earn his JD from Cumberland School of Law.

Jenkins currently works as an attorney. He is the former CEO of West Virginia Medical Foundation, and also Vice Chair/Organizer for West Virginia Center for Patient Safety Incorporated. He has worked for Valley Health Systems Incorporated as well. Jenkins has also held the position of President for Operation B.E.S.T. He has worked as an Instructor in Business Law for Marshall State University. He is a member of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Incorporated. From 1987 to 1992 he worked for Jenkins Fenstermaker Professional Limited Liability Company.[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:



See also:West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Jenkins announced he will be switching political parties from Democratic to Republican and that he intends to challenge incumbent Democrat Nick Rahall for the U.S. House in West Virginia, representing the third district.[3]


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 primary and ran unopposed in the November 2, 2010 general election.[4][5][6]

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. [7]

Jenkins raised $137,036 for his campaign, while Thomas Scott raised $64,952.[8]

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Jenkins received $95,898 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

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.[10]

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.


Party switch

Jenkins switched his affiliation from Democratic to Republican on July 31, 2013, and 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.[11] U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D), who first entered Congress in 1977 and is the target of both Jenkin'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.[11][12][13] 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."[14] 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."[14][1] Rahall's statement said of Jenkins, "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.[12][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."[12][14]

Jenkins and Rahall donated to each other's campaigns in recent election cycles.[15]

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