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Meet the Governor


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in as governor of West Virginia on Novermber 13, 2011 and was sworn in for a second term on January 14, 2013.

A self-employed businessman and former school teacher, Governor Tomblin was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1974 at the age of 22 and served in the House until he was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1980, where he served as the longest serving Senate President.

Throughout his years in public service, Governor Tomblin has remained dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. Since becoming governor, he has put more West Virginians back to work and reduced the tax burdens on hardworking West Virginia families and businesses. Governor Tomblin has worked hard to establish a world-class education system, strengthen our state's workforce and continue to grow West Virginia's economy. He has spearheaded a number of critical initiatives to keep West Virginia communities safe through landmark substance abuse, juvenile justice reform and justice reinvestment 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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