Jack Yost

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Jack Yost
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West Virginia State Senate District 1
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 6
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia State House of Delegates
High schoolHundred High School, 1963
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1965-1971
BirthdayOctober 12, 1945
Place of birthSteubenville, OH
Office website
Jack Yost (b. October 12, 1945) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Yost was Assistant Majority Whip from 2007 to 2008. Previously, he was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2008.


Yost received his diploma from Hundred High School in 1963 and attended West Liberty State College in 1970. Before his retirement, Yost was a tool/die Maker from Wetron Steel Company. He also was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Yost experience includes being a Member of the Wellsburg City Council from 1999 to 2002 and serving on the Brooke County Democratic Executive Committee. Yost served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1965 to 1971.

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor, Chair
Military, Vice Chair
Energy, Industry and Mining
Government Organization
Health and Human Resources
Equal Pay Commission, Chair
Veterans' Affairs, Vice Chair
Government Organization
Minority Issues
Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority


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


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



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Yost ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 1. Yost ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated Pat McGeehan (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

West Virginia State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Yost Incumbent 56.3% 11,760
     Republican Pat McGeehan 43.7% 9,146
Total Votes 20,906


On November 4, 2008, Jack Yost won election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 1.[4]

Jack Yost raised $132,207 for his campaign, while Chris Wakim raised $15,362.[5]

West Virginia State Senate, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Yost (D) 23,938 60.27%
Christopher Wakim (R) 15,782 39.73%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Yost raised $132,207 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
Contractors Association of West Virginia $2,000
West Virginia AFL-CIO $2,000
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $2,000
West Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council $2,000


Jack and his wife, Kris, have three children; Jack, Alicia, and Ryan.

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