Gus Douglass

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Gus Douglass
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West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
1964 - 1988, 1992 - 2012
Base salary$95,000
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Office website
Gus Douglass was a West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. Douglass, a Democrat, was the nation's longest serving state agriculture commissioner. He first assumed office in 1964 and subsequently re-elected until 2012, with the exception of 1988 when he ran for Governor.

On May 25, 2011, Douglass announced that he would not seek re-election in 2012.[1] He will be succeeded by Walt Helmick (D), who won election on November 6, 2012.


Douglass was raised in Grimms Landing, West Virginia in a farming family. Still today, he and his son operate a 540-acre family farm in Mason County, "specializing in beef cattle and grain production."[2]

Before beginning a long career in public service, Douglass operated a farm equipment and motor truck dealership. He started working for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture in 1957 as Assistant Commissioner, and in 1964 was elected Commissioner - a position he held continuously with the exception of the four years immediately following an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 1988.


  • BA, West Virginia University
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, West Virginia University
  • Honorary Doctor of Sciences, West Virginia University

Political career

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture (1964 - 1988; 1992 - Present)

Douglass is the longest-serving agriculture in the history of West Virginia and is the senior Commissioner of Agriculture in the United States. He served as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

During his tenure in office, Douglass has received a number of awards, including the Gamma Sigma Delta award for Distinguished Service to West Virginia Agriculture and Progressive Farmer magazine's "Man of the Year" in West Virginia Agriculture. He was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame in 2002.[2]



See also: West Virginia down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Douglass (D) did not seek re-election in 2012. Walt Helmick (D) defeated Kent Leonhardt (R) and write-in candidates Betty Quintana and Carl Waggoner in the November 6, 2012 general election.


Douglass won re-election in the November 2008 election, defeating Republican candidate J. Michael Teets.[3]

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gus Douglass (D) 352,242
J. Michael Teets (R) 311,496

Campaign donors

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Political offices
Preceded by
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
1964–1988, 1992-2012
Succeeded by
Walt Helmick