Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor, State of West Virginia
Earl Ray Tomblin, MBA, is serving his second term as Governor of West Virginia. A self-employed businessman and former school teacher, Governor Tomblin was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1974 and served until he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 1980, where he became the state’s longest serving Senate President. Throughout his years in public service, Governor Tomblin has remained dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. Since becoming governor in November 2010, he has worked hard to establish a world-class education system, strengthen our state’s workforce and continue to grow our state’s economy. Gov. Tomblin understands the importance of strong communities and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to keep communities across the Mountain State safe through his landmark substance abuse, justice reinvestment, and juvenile justice efforts. He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from Marshall University.