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}}{{tnr}}'''John R. Unger II''' (b. January 24, 1969) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[West Virginia State Senate]], representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
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}}{{tnr}}'''John R. Unger II''' (b. January 24, 1969) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[West Virginia State Senate]], representing [[West Virginia State Senate District 16|District 16]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Unger attended both the University of Hong Kong and Georgetown University School of Law.  He then earned his B.A. from West Virginia University in 1993.  He went on to receive his BA/MA from the University of Oxford in 2004.
 
Unger attended both the University of Hong Kong and Georgetown University School of Law.  He then earned his B.A. from West Virginia University in 1993.  He went on to receive his BA/MA from the University of Oxford in 2004.
  
Unger was a Missionary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong in 1988, and again from 1990 to 1991.  He also worked as Special Assistant to the Director for the United States Refugee Program in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991.  In 1991 he was a member of United Nations Operation Provide Comfort.  He was also Liaison Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization/Private Voluntary Organization in the United States Agency for International Development Disaster Assistance Response Team in 1991.  From 1991 to 1993 he was coordinator and founder of the West Virginia University Office of Service Learning Programs.  Unger was Chief of Staff in the Hong Kong Legislative Council for Councilor Simon Ip from 1994 to 1995.  He then worked as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Van Wyk Enterprises from 1996 to 1998.  In 2000 and 2001 he worked as Non-Governmental Organization/National Guard Liaison Coordinator.  Unger became Director of Communications for Save the Children International, Iraq in 2003.  Since 1998 he has worked as producer and host of WEPM Panhandle Live Talk Show.  He became Senior Advisor of Homeland Security and Economic Development for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Incorporated/United Research Services, National Energy Technology Laboratory in 2003 and has worked there since.<ref name=PVS>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26510 ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Biography," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wv.us/senate1/lawmaker.cfm?member=Senator%20Unger ''West Virginia State Senate,'' "John R. Unger II (D - Berkeley, 16) - Biography," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
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Unger was a Missionary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong in 1988, and again from 1990 to 1991.  He also worked as Special Assistant to the Director for the United States Refugee Program in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991.  In 1991 he was a member of United Nations Operation Provide Comfort.  He was also Liaison Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization/Private Voluntary Organization in the United States Agency for International Development Disaster Assistance Response Team in 1991.  From 1991 to 1993 he was coordinator and founder of the West Virginia University Office of Service Learning Programs.  Unger was Chief of Staff in the Hong Kong Legislative Council for Councilor Simon Ip from 1994 to 1995.  He then worked as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Van Wyk Enterprises from 1996 to 1998.  In 2000 and 2001 he worked as Non-Governmental Organization/National Guard Liaison Coordinator.  Unger became Director of Communications for Save the Children International, Iraq in 2003.  Since 1998 he has worked as producer and host of WEPM Panhandle Live Talk Show.  He became Senior Advisor of Homeland Security and Economic Development for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Incorporated/United Research Services, National Energy Technology Laboratory in 2003 and has worked there since.<ref name=PVS>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26510 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.legis.state.wv.us/senate1/lawmaker.cfm?member=Senator%20Unger ''West Virginia State Senate,'' "John R. Unger II (D - Berkeley, 16) - Biography," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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John Unger was re-elected to the [[West Virginia State Senate]], District 16.  He defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy in the May 11 primary.  Unger defeated [[Republican]] [[Craig Blair]] in the [[West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]] general election.<ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/candidate-search/ ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "West Virginia official list of 2010 candidates," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/results/results.aspx?county=Statewide&electionid=1&type=0 ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "Official Primary Results," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/results/results.aspx?county=Statewide&electionid=0&type=0 ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "2010 General Election results," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
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John Unger was re-elected to the [[West Virginia State Senate]], District 16.  He defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy in the May 11 primary.  Unger defeated [[Republican]] [[Craig Blair]] in the [[West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]], general election.<ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/candidate-search/ ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "West Virginia official list of 2010 candidates," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/results/results.aspx?county=Statewide&electionid=1&type=0 ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "Official Primary Results," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/results/results.aspx?county=Statewide&electionid=0&type=0 ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "2010 General Election results," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
 
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On November 7, 2006, John Unger won re-election to the [[West Virginia State Senate]], District 16.<ref>[http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/historyresource/Documents/2006%20General%20Senate.pdf ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "Official Returns for the 2006 Election," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
 
On November 7, 2006, John Unger won re-election to the [[West Virginia State Senate]], District 16.<ref>[http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/historyresource/Documents/2006%20General%20Senate.pdf ''West Virginia Secretary of State,'' "Official Returns for the 2006 Election," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
  
Unger raised $139,583 for his campaign, while Jerry Mays raised $40,631.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=82211 ''Follow the Money,'' "2006 contributions," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
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Unger raised $139,583 for his campaign, while Jerry Mays raised $40,631.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=82211 ''Follow the Money,'' "2006 contributions," accessed March 14, 2014]</ref>
 
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* [https://www.facebook.com/MajorityLeaderUnger John Unger on Facebook]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/MajorityLeaderUnger John Unger on Facebook]
 
* [https://twitter.com/SenatorUnger John Unger on Twitter]
 
* [https://twitter.com/SenatorUnger John Unger on Twitter]
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* [http://openstates.org/wv/legislators/WVL000034/john-unger/ Profile from Open States]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26510 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26510 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://aspire.wvu.edu/wvu_scholars/former/unger Biography from West Virginia University]
 
* [http://aspire.wvu.edu/wvu_scholars/former/unger Biography from West Virginia University]

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John Unger
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West Virginia State Senate District 16
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Leader, West Virginia State Senate
2011-present
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University, 1993
Master'sUniversity of Oxford, 2004
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 24, 1969
Place of birthMartinsburg, WV
ProfessionVicar/Pastor
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John R. Unger II (b. January 24, 1969) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Unger attended both the University of Hong Kong and Georgetown University School of Law. He then earned his B.A. from West Virginia University in 1993. He went on to receive his BA/MA from the University of Oxford in 2004.

Unger was a Missionary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong in 1988, and again from 1990 to 1991. He also worked as Special Assistant to the Director for the United States Refugee Program in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1991. In 1991 he was a member of United Nations Operation Provide Comfort. He was also Liaison Coordinator for the Non-Governmental Organization/Private Voluntary Organization in the United States Agency for International Development Disaster Assistance Response Team in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he was coordinator and founder of the West Virginia University Office of Service Learning Programs. Unger was Chief of Staff in the Hong Kong Legislative Council for Councilor Simon Ip from 1994 to 1995. He then worked as vice president of Community and Economic Development for Van Wyk Enterprises from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 and 2001 he worked as Non-Governmental Organization/National Guard Liaison Coordinator. Unger became Director of Communications for Save the Children International, Iraq in 2003. Since 1998 he has worked as producer and host of WEPM Panhandle Live Talk Show. He became Senior Advisor of Homeland Security and Economic Development for Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Incorporated/United Research Services, National Energy Technology Laboratory in 2003 and has worked there since.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Children and Poverty, Chair
Education
Finance
Judiciary
Rules
Water Resources, Chair
Joint Education
Joint Finance
Government and Finance
Health and Human Resources Accountability
Judiciary
Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education
Rule-Making Review
Special Investigations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Free school lunches

Unger visited a school to talk to students about government processes when he heard one student say that having food at school would be preferable to a longer recess. Unger asked the students how many were in situations where their parents had trouble feeding them at home, and the vast majority raised their hands. Unger subsequently supported a program that would provide free lunches to all students in West Virginia public schools, which overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and the House.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent John Unger was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Larry V. Faircloth was unopposed in the Republican primary. Unger will face Faircloth in the general election.[4][5]

2010

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

John Unger was re-elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 16. He defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy in the May 11 primary. Unger defeated Republican Craig Blair in the November 2, 2010, general election.[6][7][8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Unger (D) 18,800 50.43%
Craig Blair (R) 18,482 49.57%
West Virginia State Senate, District 16 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Ronald Unger II (D) 4,073 43.27%
Patrick Hale Murphy (D) 1,784 18.95%

2006

On November 7, 2006, John Unger won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 16.[9]

Unger raised $139,583 for his campaign, while Jerry Mays raised $40,631.[10]

West Virginia Senate, District 16 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Unger(D) 19,640
Jerry Mays 10,729

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Unger received $140,285 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Unger's campaign in 2010
West Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council$2,000
West Virginia Federation Of Teachers$2,000
West Virginia Education Association$2,000
West Virginia Regional Council Of Carpenters$2,000
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $140,285

2006

Unger raised $139,583 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[12]

Donor Amount
Jefferson County Teachers $2,000
West Virginia Education Association $2,000
Contractors Association of West Virginia $2,000
West Virginia Bankers Association $2,000

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