ENG: Earl Ray Tomblin (born March 15, 1952) is the President of the West Virginia Senate, and due to the resignation of Joe Manchin as Governor, from Nov, 15th, 2010 acts as the 35th Governor of West Virginia. Tomblin is a member of the Democratic Party.
Tomblin is the son of Earl Tomblin, a former Logan County sheriff, and Freda Jarrell Tomblin. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and then went along to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from Marshall University.
House of Delegates and Senate President
Tomblin was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1974, and reelected in 1976 and 1978. He won election to the Senate in 1980 and has been subsequently re-elected every four years thereafter.Tomblin was elected on January 11, 1995, as the 48th President of the West Virginia Senate. Having been reelected every new term since, he is the longest serving Senate President in West Virginia's history. Tomblin became the first Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia upon creation of that designation in 2000.As a senator, he represents the 7th Senate District encompassing Boone, Lincoln, Logan, and Wayne counties.
Tomblin assumed the duties of governor when Manchin resigned to become the state's United States Senator, filling the seat vacated by the late Senator Robert C. . Tomblin is the first acting governor under West Virginia's current constitution. While acting as governor, Tomblin will retain the title of Senate President as required by the West Virginia Constitution. He has said he will not participate in legislative business or accept his legislative salary while governor. Tomblin has also stated he will not preside over the Senate while serving as governor. Byrd
In 2011, Tomblin stated his desire to run for the office of Governor. Supreme Court of Appeals on January 18, 2011, the next gubernatorial election is to be held on October 4, 2011. Tomblin was successful in the Democratic Primary, beating a field of six contenders, while Morgantown businessman Bill Maloney emerged as the Republican nominee in the May 14 primary.
Following a ruling by the
Tomblin was married on September 8, 1979 to Joanne Jaeger, who serves as the current president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. They reside in Chapmanville and have one son, Brent.Tomblin attends the First Presbyterian Church of Logan.
May 23rd, 2011