“Earl Ray Tomblin is a strong and effective leader. As Governor, he has – and will continue to – create jobs and lower taxes to benefit the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia,“ said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “His vast experience in government and private business makes him an ideal choice to lead our state.”
The Chamber speaks out for the policies and reforms that help create jobs and government efficiency, stimulate growth for communities and the overall enhancement of the quality of life. It represents more than 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees
As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber considers a candidate’s effectiveness as a political, business or community leader, and whether he or she is accessible and receptive to the Chamber and the views of the local business community.
Tomblin has been active in state politics for almost 40 years. He was named acting governor in 2010 after then-governor Joe Manchin III resigned to fill the U.S Senate seat vacated by the death of Robert C. Byrd.
During his time as state Senate Finance Chair, Tomblin helped steer the state through various financial crises.
“Through his leadership in the West Virginia Senate – and now as Governor – he has played a major role in molding policy that has produced the strong fiscal state that West Virginia presently enjoys,” Basile said. “This has led to the reduction of the food tax, business franchise tax and corporate net income taxes.”
“Our mission is to endorse candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for our citizens, “said Chamber President Matt Ballard. “I have worked closely with Governor Tomblin in several capacities. I know he loves West Virginia and has the political and business acumen to lead our entire state through these tough economic times.”