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Jay Rockefeller

Personal data
Date of birthJune 18, 1937(age 79)
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseSharon Percy Rockefeller
ChildrenJohn D. Rockefeller V
Valerie Rockefeller
Charles Rockefeller
Justin Rockefeller
ResidenceCharleston, West Virginia, Washington, DC
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
College Administrator
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2009
Preceded byDaniel Inouye
Assumed officeJanuary 15, 1985
Serving with Joe Manchin
Preceded byJennings Randolph
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
In officeJanuary 3, 2007 - January 3, 2009
Succeeded byDianne Feinstein
Preceded byPat Roberts
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In officeJune 6, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byArlen Specter
Preceded byArlen Specter
In officeJanuary 3, 2001 - January 20, 2001
Succeeded byArlen Specter
Preceded byArlen Specter
In officeJanuary 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995
Succeeded byAlan K. Simpson
Preceded byAlan Cranston
29th Governor of West Virginia
In officeJanuary 17, 1977 - January 14, 1985
Succeeded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
Preceded byArch A. Moore, Jr.
22nd Secretary of State of West Virginia
In office1968 - 1972
GovernorArch A. Moore, Jr.
Succeeded byEdgar F. Heiskell, III
Preceded byRobert D. Bailey, Jr.

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John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV (born June 18, 1937) is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984, while in office as Governor of West Virginia, a position he held from 1977 to 1985. Rockefeller moved to Emmons, West Virginia to serve as a VISTA worker in 1964, and was first elected to public office in the state, as a member of the House of Delegates, in 1966. Rockefeller was later elected Secretary of State in 1968 and was president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1976.

As a great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, he is the only currently-serving politician of the prominent six-generation Rockefeller family and the only Democrat in what has been a traditionally Republican dynasty.

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