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Meet the Governor

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a native of Logan County, currently serves as the 35th governor of the state of West Virginia. Born and raised in the Mountain State and a son of the southern coalfields, Governor Tomblin has worked hard to make West Virginia a great place to call home now and for generations to come.

A self-employed businessman and former school teacher, Governor Tomblin was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1974 and served until he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 1980, where he became the state’s longest serving Senate President. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in as governor of West Virginia on November 13, 2011 and was sworn in for a second term on January 14, 2013.​

Throughout his years in public service, Governor Tomblin has remained dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. Since becoming governor in November 2010, Gov. Tomblin has worked hard to establish a world-class education system, strengthen our state’s workforce and continue to grow our state’s economy. Gov. Tomblin understands the importance of strong communities and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to keep communities across the Mountain State safe through his landmark substance abuse, justice reinvestment, and juvenile justice efforts. 

Governor Tomblin received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a master's degree in business administration from Marshall University. He and his wife Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have one son, Brent.

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