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 byDaniel Inouye
Succeeded byJohn Thune
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
January 15, 1985 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJennings Randolph
Succeeded byShelley Moore Capito
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byPat Roberts
Succeeded byDianne Feinstein
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byArlen Specter
Succeeded byArlen Specter
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byAlan Cranston
Succeeded byAlan K. Simpson
29th Governor of West Virginia
In office
January 17, 1977 – January 14, 1985
Preceded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office
1968–1972
GovernorArch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded byRobert D. Bailey, Jr.
Succeeded byEdgar F. Heiskell, III
Member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1967–1968
Personal details
BornJohn Davison Rockefeller IV
(1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 81)
New York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sharon Percy Rockefeller
ChildrenJohn D. Rockefeller V
Valerie Rockefeller
Charles Rockefeller
Justin Rockefeller
ResidenceCharleston, West Virginia, Washington, DC
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
OccupationPolitician
College Administrator
ReligionPresbyterian
Signature
Websitewww.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.