Jay Rockefeller

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Jay Rockefeller
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Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Daniel Inouye
Succeeded by John Thune
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 15, 1985 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Jennings Randolph
Succeeded by Shelley Moore Capito
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Pat Roberts
Succeeded by Dianne Feinstein
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Arlen Specter
Succeeded by Arlen Specter
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Arlen Specter
Succeeded by Arlen Specter
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Alan K. Simpson
29th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 1977 – January 14, 1985
Preceded by Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded by Arch A. Moore, Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded by Robert D. Bailey, Jr.
Succeeded by Edgar F. Heiskell, III
Member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born John Davison Rockefeller IV
(1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 81)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Percy Rockefeller
Children John D. Rockefeller V
Valerie Rockefeller
Charles Rockefeller
Justin Rockefeller
Residence Charleston, West Virginia, Washington, DC
Alma mater Harvard College (A.B.)
Occupation Politician
College Administrator
Religion Presbyterian
Website www.rockefeller.senate.gov

John D. Rockefeller IV (born June 18, 1937) is a retired Democratic politician. He served as a United States senator of West Virginia from 1985 to 2015.[1] Before becoming a U.S. Senator, he was Governor of West Virginia from 1977 to 1985.

In April 1992, he was the Democratic Party's finance chairman. He considered running for President, but decided not to after asking friends and advisors. He went on to strongly endorse Bill Clinton as the Democratic candidate.[2]

He is the great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller. He is the only member of the Rockefeller family who was a government official to not be a Republican as the family dynasty are mostly left-wing Republicans.

He accused President Obama's critics of racism. [3]

On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he would not seek reelection for the United States Senate in 2014.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jay Rockefeller". Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  2. By R. W. Apple Jr. (1992-04-10). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Front-Runner; Like Voters, Superdelegates Have Doubts About Clinton". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  3. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-jay-rockefeller-plays-the-race-card/
  4. Weiner, Rachel (2013-01-11). "Jay Rockefeller won't run in 2014". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-21.