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Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

Political Highlights: W.Va. House, 1967-69; W.Va. secretary of state, 1969-73; Democratic nominee for governor, 1972; governor, 1977-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-2015
Born: June 18, 1937; Manhattan, N.Y.
Residence: Charleston
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Sharon Percy; four children
Education: International Christian U. (Tokyo), attended 1957-60; Harvard U., A.B. 1961
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1984 (5th term)
Committee Assignments: Commerce, Science & Transportation; Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care - Chairman; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy); Veterans' Affairs; Select Intelligence; Joint Taxation

Election History
2008generalJay Rockefeller (D) 447,56063.7
Jay Wolfe (R) 254,62936.3
2002generalJay Rockefeller (D) 275,28163.1
Jay Wolfe (R) 160,90236.9
1996generalJay Rockefeller (D) 456,52676.6
Betty Burks (R) 139,08823.4
1990generalJay Rockefeller (D) 276,23468.3
John Yoder (R) 128,07131.7
1984generalJay Rockefeller (D) 374,23351.8
John Raese (R) 344,68047.7
Mary Radin (SW) 3,2990.5
Roll Call Vitals


West Virginia is 25th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.