|U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3|
|January 3, 1993-present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||20|
|Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)|
|Delegate to the Democratic National Convention|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 1976|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Woodrow Wilson High School, WV|
|Birthday||May 20, 1949|
|Place of birth||Beckley, WV|
Upon graduating from Duke University, Rahall joined Sen. Robert Byrd's staff. After that, he went into business and launched his own political 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)
Rahall is a member of the following House committees:
- 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
Percentage voting with party
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.
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. 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.
According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform includes the following issues:
- Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
- Energy independence
Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.
On November 2, 2010, Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard (R).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, West Virginia, Congressional District 3, 2010|
|Democratic||Nick J. Rahall II Incumbent||56%||83,636|
|Republican||Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard||44%||65,611|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, West Virginia, 3rd District, 2010 - Nick Rahall Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Patriot Coal Corp||$14,600|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$55,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$54,500|
Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.
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- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- ↑ Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- ↑ Nick Rahall campaign website "On the Issues," Accessed May 2, 2012
- ↑ Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
- ↑ Washington Post: The Fix "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012
- ↑ West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Nick Rahall 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
| Succeeded by|
District 4 eliminated