Bill Maloney is a businessman and the nominated candidate of the Republican Party in the 2011 special election for governor of West Virginia. Maloney co-founded a drilling company in 1984. He was involved in the Plan B rescue attempt during the 2010 Chilean mine disaster. Maloney has never held public office before. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Bill was a co-founder and executive at North American Drillers, North American Pump and Supply Company and Shaft Drillers International (SDI). He grew North American Drillers from a two-person business in 1984 to become the world-leader in large-diameter shaft drilling for mining and other industries. Bill sold his share of the business in 2006.
Currently, he is a drilling consultant and the principal of Cow Run Energy and Drill Leader.
Campaign for West Virginia governor, 2011
Maloney declared his campaign for governor in February. He's running in the special election to fill the unexpired term of Joe Manchin. Maloney's name will be listed first on the Republican primary ballot. Maloney is a conservative Republican. He wants to reform the state's tax structure and legal system.
Maloney won the May 14 primary election with 45% of the vote.
Bill, 52, has been married to Sharon Maloney for 30 years. They have two daughters. The Maloneys reside in Monongalia County and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. Bill is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in industrial engineering.
Chilean mine rescue
Bill is the founder of the Mine Rescue Drilling Fund, which was established to provide critical assistance for mine rescues in the United States and abroad. He started the fund following his efforts in the successful rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile last year.
Convinced their expertise could aid in the rescue of the miners, Bill and his drilling colleagues took action and were the driving force behind rescue “Plan B,” which helped to free the miners.