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Rahall is running for re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/romney-and-santorum-demonstrate-hugely-different-bases-of-support/2012/01/03/gIQAg6dpZP_blog.html ''Washington Post: The Fix'' "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012]</ref> He is unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he will face the winner of the May 8 Republican primary, which will be [[Lee Bias]], [[Bill Lester]], or [[Rick Snuffer]].<ref>[http://apps.sos.wv.gov/elections/candidate-search/search.aspx ''West Virginia Secretary of State'' "2012 Candidates," Accessed May 2, 2012]</ref>
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Rahall is running for re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/romney-and-santorum-demonstrate-hugely-different-bases-of-support/2012/01/03/gIQAg6dpZP_blog.html ''Washington Post: The Fix'' "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012]</ref> He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he will face Republican [[Rick Snuffer]].<ref name="west">[http://www.wvmetronews.com/election/results.cfm?func=showresults&show=ushouse&refresh=071146 ''West Virginia Metro News'' "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 00:21, 9 May 2012

Nick Rahall
Nick Rahall.jpg
U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)
1971-1974
Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
1972-1974
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School, WV
Bachelor'sDuke University
Personal
BirthdayMay 20, 1949
Place of birthBeckley, WV
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Nick Joe Rahall II (b. May 20, 1949) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. Rahall represents the 3rd congressional district of West Virginia. He was first elected to the House in 1976 to represent West Virginia's 4th congressional district; when that district was eliminated in 1992, Rahall ran for the 3rd district seat and won. Rahall is running for re-election in 2012.

Biography

Upon graduating from Duke University, Rahall joined Sen. Robert Byrd's staff. After that, he went into business and launched his own political career.[1]

Career

  • 1977-present: U.S. House of Representatives
    • 1993-present: Representative of West Virginia's 3rd congressional district
    • 1977-1993: Representative of West Virginia's 4th congressional district
  • 1971-1974: Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-12

Rahall is a member of the following House committees[2]:

  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Issues

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Rahall has voted with the Democratic Party 74.1% of the time, which ranked 176 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[3]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[4] According to the report, Rahall helped secure $20 million toward a parking garage with a bus and taxi facility in downtown Beckley. The project is about a half-mile from his son's home, less than one mile from a commercial property owned by the lawmaker, and a little more than a mile from his residence.[5]

Campaign themes

2012

According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform includes the following issues[6]:

  • Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
  • Energy independence

Endorsements

2012

Heading into the primary, Rahall has been endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Rahall is running for re-election in 2012.[8] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he will face Republican Rick Snuffer.[9]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard (R).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 3, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick J. Rahall II Incumbent 56% 83,636
     Republican Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard 44% 65,611
Total Votes 149,247

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Rahall's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rahall's campaign committee raised a total of $1,261,182 and spent $2,149,018.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia, 3rd District, 2010 - Nick Rahall Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,261,182
Total Spent $2,149,018
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,017,206
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,034,697
Top contributors to Nick Rahall's campaign committee
Mountaineer PAC$29,200
Patriot Coal Corp$14,600
Peabody Energy$11,600
CSX Corp$11,000
Norfolk Southern$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$73,500
Casinos/Gambling$71,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$67,508
Building Trade Unions$55,000
Public Sector Unions$54,500

Personal

Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.[2]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wise
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Ken Hechler
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
1977-1993
Succeeded by
District 4 eliminated