Earl Ray Tomblin

American politician

Earl Ray Tomblin (born March 15, 1952) is an American politician. In 2010, he became Acting Governor of West Virginia after Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was Acting governor from November 15, 2010 until 2011. From 2011 to 2017 he was the Governor of West Virginia. On October 2011, he won a special election to fill the term expiring in January 2013. On November 2012, he won election to his first full term. Before becoming governor, he was President of the West Virginia senate.

Earl Ray Tomblin
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35th Governor of West Virginia
In office
November 15, 2010[1] – January 16, 2017
Preceded byJoe Manchin
Succeeded byJim Justice
President of the West Virginia Senate
In office
January 3, 1995 – November 3, 2011
Preceded byKeith Burdette
Succeeded byJeff Kessler
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 7th district
In office
December 1, 1980 – November 3, 2011
Preceded byJ. Ned Grubb
Succeeded byArt Kirkendoll
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 16th district
In office
December 1, 1974 – December 1, 1980
Personal details
Born (1952-03-15) March 15, 1952 (age 68)
Logan County, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joanne Jaeger
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
Alma materWest Virginia University
Marshall University


  1. Steager, Dale (February 2011). "Acting Governor and Serving as Acting Governor: The Differences". IOGA of West Virginia Newsletter. Retrieved July 26, 2011.

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