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Nick Rahall
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U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 22
Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)
Delegate to the Democratic National Convention
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School, WV
Bachelor'sDuke University
Date of birthMay 20, 1949
Place of birthBeckley, WV
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 won re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rahall is a "centrist Democrat".[1]


Upon graduating from Duke University, Rahall joined Sen. Robert Byrd's staff. After that, he went into business and launched his own political career.[2]


  • 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


Rahall serves on the following committees:[3]


Rahall was a member of the following House committees[4]:

  • 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



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.[5] 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.[6]

Campaign themes


According to his website, Rahall's campaign platform includes the following issues[7]:

  • Jobs and technological development in West Virginia
  • Energy independence

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rahall voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.[9]



See also: West Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Rahall's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[10] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Rahall's district ranks as the 3rd most Republican (40% D).[11]


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

Rahall won re-election in 2012.[12] He was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the November 6 general election, he defeated Republican Rick Snuffer.[13][14]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 53.5% 102,519
     Republican Rick Snuffer 46.5% 88,999
Total Votes 191,518
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Rahall won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard (R).[15]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rahall's reports.

Nick Rahall Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2012$816,943.88$103,572.98$(97,292.14)$823,224.72
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2012$842,798.06$198,629.54$(47,755.46)$993,672.14
Running totals


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.[18]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rahall paid his congressional staff a total of $1,134,011 in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranks 33rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rahall's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,923,383 to $2,967,372. That averages to $2,445,377.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[20]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Rahall voted with the Democratic Party 74.1% of the time, which ranked 176 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[21]


Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.[4]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Gov Track "Rahall" Accessed May 23, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
  5. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  6. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  7. Nick Rahall campaign website "On the Issues," Accessed May 2, 2012
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
  10. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
  11. FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  12. Washington Post: The Fix "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012
  13. West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
  14. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Nick Rahall's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Nick Rahall's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Nick Rahall 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
  19. LegiStorm, "Nick Rahall," Accessed September 7, 2012
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Nick Rahall (D-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wise
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ken Hechler
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
Succeeded by
District 4 eliminated