I was born and raised in Farmington, West Virginia, a small coal mining town where I learned West Virginia values like hard work, fairness, and family.
My grandfather, “Papa Joe” was the town grocer, and my grandmother, “Mama Kay” was tireless in her service to those less fortunate than our family. From watching both of them, I learned compassion and responsibility.
It’s those values that gave me the priorities I still have today: putting politics aside so we can come together on commonsense solutions that actually help people, and - just like my grandfather in the grocery store – taking responsibility for yourself and helping others.
As Governor, I was proud that my administration cut taxes, reformed the workers compensation system for state workers, increased teacher pay, improved services for seniors and the poor, and dramatically decreased the state’s debt, all while producing budget surplus after budget surplus. In our six years of leading West Virginia, businesses invested more than $13 billion in our state, and we were recognized as a national leader in fiscal responsibility.
In the Senate, my top priority is to stand up for West Virginia. I believe that the best way forward for West Virginia and for America is for Democrats and Republicans to put their political parties aside, and work together to do what’s best for the country.
While being a United States Senator means spending a lot of time in Washington, DC, my wife Gayle and I continue to spend as much time as we can in our beautiful home, West Virginia.