ALMBS 2014 – WV Governor Tomblin

Earl Ray Tomblin

West Virginia Governor
Earl Ray Tomblin

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin serves as the 35th governor of the Mountain State. A Logan County native, Governor Tomblin received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from Marshall University.


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. Governor Tomblin was the longest serving Senate President and was named the state’s first Lieutenant Governor in 2000. Throughout his years in public service Governor Tomblin has remained dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. Since becoming governor, Tomblin put more West Virginians back to work and reduced the tax burden on our families and business. Governor Tomblin made it a crime to text while driving and signed landmark mine safety legislation that will save coal miners' lives. Governor Tomblin has helped crack down on West Virginia's growing plague of drug abuse with new legislation, and he took bold action this year to prevent teenage suicide by adopting new policies within the school system.


Governor Tomblin has been married for 33 years to First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and they have one son, Brent.