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Craig Blair's Biography

Office: State Senate (WV) - District 15, Republican

Contact Information

Room 461M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305

47 Wasser Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Full Name:

Craig P. Blair

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Andrea; 2 Children: Philip, Saira

Birth Date:

10/17/1959

Birth Place:

Martinsburg, WV

Home City:

Martinsburg, WV

Religion:

Christian

Attended, Ozone Technologies, Water Quality Association, International, 1999

Attended, Water Filtration, Water Quality Association, International, 1999

Attended, Reverse Osmosis Technologies , Water Quality Association, International, 1996

Attended, Water Disinfection, Water Quality Association, International, 1996

Attended, Water Treatment Specialist, Water Quality Association, International, 1993

Attended, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, James Rumsey Technical Institute, 1987-1988

Attended, Machine Trades, James Rumsey Technical Institute, 1982-1984

Attended, Residential and Industrial Electricity, James Rumsey Technical Institute, 1976

Senator, West Virginia State Senate, District 15, 2012-present

Former Majority Whip, West Virginia State Senate

Delegate, West Virginia State House of Delegates, 2003-2010

Candidate, West Virginia State Senate, District 16, 2010

Former Member, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Member, Council of Finance and Administration, West Virginia State Senate

Former Member, Economic Development Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Vice Chair, Energy, Industry and Mining Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Chair, Government Organization Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Member, Joint Children and Families Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Joint Energy Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Joint Finance Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Joint Government Operations Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Joint Infrastructure Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Joint Technology Committee, West Virginia General Assembly

Former Member, Labor and Worker Safety Issues-Interim Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Member, Labor Committee, West Virginia State Senate

Former Chair, Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, West Virginia State Senate

Former Vice Chair, Select Committee on Tax Reform, West Virginia State Senate

Member, Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee, 2005-2010

Member, Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 2005-2010

Member, Constitutional Revision Committee, 2003-2010

Minority-Chairman, Economic Development & Small Business Committee, 2005-2010

Member, Ex-Officio, Joint Committee on Government Operations, 2007-2010

Member, Ex-Officio, Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development, 2007-2010

Member, Finance Committee, 2007-2010

Member, Joint Commission on Economic Development, 2007-2010

Member, Joint Standing Committee of Finance, 2007-2010

Member, Republican Solutions Committee, 2008-2010

Member, West Virginia Grand Old Party (GOP) Steering Committee, 2007-2010

Chairman, Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee, 2007

Member, Government Organization Committee, 2003-2007

Member, Joint Committee on Government Operations, 2003-2007

Member, Roads & Transportation Committee, 2003-2004

Certified Water Specialist, V, Water Quality Association, 1993-present

President, Sunset Water Services, 1989-present

Owner, Sunset Water Services, 1989-present

Master Electrician

Plant Engineer, Cassco Ice and Reddy Ice, 1986-2003

Farmer, Rosemary Orchard, 1978-1986

Salesperson, Montgomery Wards, 1977-1978

Cook, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1976-1977

Member, Building a Better Eastern Panhandle, 2007-present

Member, National Rifle Association, 2002-present

Member, Berkeley County Republican Club

Member, Eastern Panhandle Business Association

Member, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce

Member, Morgan County Republican Club

Member, Republican National Committee

Member, West Virginia Civil Air Patrol, 2003-2010

Member, Berkeley Community Pride, 2003-2007

Member, Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association, 1990-2007

Awards:

The "Friend of the West Virginia Taxpayer Award" present by West Virginians Against Government Waste, Henry J. Thaxton, Director

Current Car:

2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Father's Name:

Freddie Blair

Father's Occupation:

Horticulturist/Orchard/Farmer.

Favorite Actor/Actress:

Jimmy Stewart/Jennifer Garner.

Favorite Athlete:

Tiger Woods

Favorite Book:

Unleashing Capitalism

Favorite Movie:

It's A Wonderful Life/Forrest Gump.

Favorite President and Why:

Ronald Reagan - He understood how to get the job done. When politicos would get in the way of his vision, he went directly to the people.

Favorite Quote:

Well done is better than well said.
--Benjamin Franklin

Favorite Sport:

Volleyball, Golf, Basketball.

Favorite TV Shows:

Monk, History Channel, Science Channel.

First Job:

Farming, Apples & Peaches...Kentucky Fried Chicken - White Glove Award.

Mother's Name:

Jeanette Porterfield Blair

Mother's Occupation:

Homemaker/Farmer

Personal Hero and Why:

Benjamin Franklin - This man was incredible and timeless. A statesman, author, inventor, scientist, journalist. Everyday our lives are still touched by his innovative thinking. Things like bi-focal glasses, fire departments, mail, libraries, electricity and more.

Person Most Want to Meet (Dead or Alive):

Benjamin Franklin

Priority Issues:

Increasing the Homestead Exemption for Seniors; Reform Legislation that Puts Children First in Child Custody Cases; Totally Eliminate the Food Tax; Eliminate the Business Franchise Tax; Reduce the Corporate Net to the Competitive Rate of 6.5%; Eliminate the Personal Property Tax on Manufacturing Equipment; Eliminate Prevailing Wage; Locality Pay for Teachers & State Employees.

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

In 2002, my decision to pursue this office was to provide my neighbors and the voters of the 52nd district with effective and responsible leadership and to fix the out of control, $4 billion dollar in debt Workers Comp system. I believe that I have done just that. I have brought an air of common sense, trustworthiness and understanding to the office. I have provided accessible leadership via the phone, internet, postal and town hall meetings to all residents including those who live outside the district. I consider myself a new breed of public official that works for the people and not for oneself. I believe that it is important to work with all of the Eastern Panhandle delegates, both republican and democrat, and to market our unique needs and ideas to the legislature with a businesslike approach, while trying to put an end to the tax and spend mentality. My goal has been to represent the majority of my constituency and do their will. In fact, I only have one special interest group and that is the person who goes to work, pays their bills, pays their taxes and raises their family. Too often this majority has been forgotten.

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