|U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3|
|January 3, 1993-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||20|
|Aide to Sen. Robert Byrd (WV)|
|Delegate to the Democratic National Convention|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 1976|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|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 serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking member
Rahall was 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
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
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.
Heading into the primary, Rahall was endorsed by the West Virginia AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education.
The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Rahall's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections. 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).
|U.S. House, West Virginia, District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Nick Rahall Incumbent||53.5%||102,519|
|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).
|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|
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|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$816,943.88||$103,572.98||$(97,292.14)||$823,224.72|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$842,798.06||$198,629.54||$(47,755.46)||$993,672.14|
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|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Rahall was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 174th in the liberal rankings.
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.
Rahall and his wife, Melinda, have three children and three grandchildren.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Nick + Rahall + West + Virginia + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Why One Democrat Will Vote Against the President on Obamacare - TIME (blog)
- Outside groups target Rahall - Charleston Gazette
- Ranking Transportation Democrat Nick Rahall to push for Jaxport dredging - Business Journal
- Conservative Group Targets WV Democrat For Supporting Carbon Tax -- Even ... - ThinkProgress
- Lobbying for Jaxport's river dredging project intensifies - Business Journal
- US Chamber of Commerce to back Rep. Simpson with ad campaign - The Idaho Statesman
- Key Congressman Supports St. Johns Harbor Deepening Following Jaxport Tour - WJCT NEWS
- Commissioners to testify before House panel -- sans Wellinghoff - Environment & Energy Publishing
- Chamber of Commerce Ads to Run in Idaho, West Virginia - TIME
- Rahall asks US Congress to extend emergency unemployment assistance - State Journal
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- ↑ Gov Track "Rahall" Accessed May 23, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Nick Joe Rahall II," Accessed November 18, 2011
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 18, 2011
- ↑ 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
- ↑ U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Herald-Dispatch "W.Va. candidates receive endorsements," March 8, 2012
- ↑ The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
- ↑ FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Nick Rahall's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Nick Rahall's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Nick Rahall 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 18, 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm, "Nick Rahall," Accessed September 7, 2012
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Nick Rahall (D-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
|U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 3rd District
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|U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 4th District
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District 4 eliminated