Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (WV)

School teacher, businessman, entrepreneur, public servant, Governor; the journey from living upstairs at the family restaurant in Chapmanville, West Virginia, to running state government is an American success story. Born March 15, 1952 to Earl and Freda Tomblin, Earl Ray Tomblin grew up in a hardworking coal town next to the railroad tracks above his parents’ restaurant.

In his thirty-six years in the legislature, he has chaired the Senate Finance Committee, was elected 18 straight years as President of the Senate, and with the election of Governor Joe Manchin to the US Senate, was appointed acting Governor.

Earl Ray Tomblin has been married to Joanne Tomblin for 31 years.  They have one son, Brent, who will be attending Marshall University this fall.  Earl Ray is running in the general election on October 4th for the unexpired term for Governor of West Virginia.


Date of Birth: March 15, 1952

Previous Elected Office: President of West Virginia State Senate

Percent of Vote Won: 50.5%


  • Earl Ray is credited with saving taxpayers millions by revising the state pension system and privatizing workers’ compensation, stabilizing state finances by establishing West Virginia’s rainy day fund, reforming the state’s medical system, keeping doctors in this state, and fighting to reduce the state’s food tax.
  • As acting Governor, Tomblin cut the food tax (with the goal of completely eliminating it) and vetoed increases in DMV fees that would have cost West Virginians millions.

Read the full text of Gov. Tomblin’s 2014 State of the State Address.

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