Jay Rockefeller

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Jay Rockefeller
U.S. Junior Senator, West Virginia
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 2)

January 15, 1985
Serving with Robert Byrd

Preceded by Jennings Randolph
Born June 18, 1937
Spouse Sharon Percy Rockefeller
Religion Presbyterian

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Jay Rockefeller, (legal name John David Rockefeller IV) of the Rockefeller family, bearing this name and number by right of primogeniture as the great-grandson of his namesake, John David Rockefeller (the first)

He is the Junior Senator from West Virginia since his election in 1984.

Born on June 18, 1937 in New York, NY, Rockefeller is married and has four children. His wife is Sharon Percy and his children are John, Valerie, Charles, Justin. He is a Presbyterian and his home city is Charleston, WV. His formal educational achievements include an AB in Asian Languages and History, Harvard University (1961) and attending the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (1957-1960). Rockefeller served as a peace Corps Volunteer from 1961 to 1964. From 1967 to 1969 he was a Delegate to the West Virginia House of Delegates and from 1969 to 1973 he was the Secretary of State of West Virginia. The Governor of West Virginia from 1976 to 1984, Rockefeller also served as the party's standard bearer for the Office of Governor of West Virginia in the 1972 election.


Unconstitutional Warrantless Eavesdropping

The Republican Congressional leadership have blocked several Democratic proposals to initiate a congressional investigation of the unconstitutional National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program. In the U.S. Senate, the proposal by Sen. Jay Rockefeller to investigate the program was voted down on party lines in the Senate Committee on Intelligence in March 7, 2006. Unrestricted and unaccountable police power is a clear and present danger to democracy.

Rockefeller supported a bill to grant immunity to telecom companies who violated the FISA law during the George W. Bush administration. Just prior to this vote, he received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from executives at AT&T and Verizon. (Source: Democratic Lawmaker Pushing Immunity Is Newly Flush With Telco Cash, by Ryan Singel, Wired, Oct. 18, 2007)


Contact Information

  • Washington DC EMail Address: senator@rockefeller.senate.gov
  • Washington DC Web Address: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/
  • Washington DC Web Mail Address: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/
  • Washington DC Address, 531 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: 202-224-6472, Fax: 202-224-7665
  • District Address - Beckley, West Virginia, 207 West Prince Street, Beckley, WV 25801-4514, Phone: 304-253-9704
  • District Address - Charleston, West Virginia 405 Capitol Street, Suite 508 Charleston, WV 25301-1749, Phone: 304-347-5372
  • District Address - Fairmont, West Virginia 118 Adams Street, Suite 301 Fairmont, WV 26554-2841, Phone: 304-367-0122
  • District Address - Martinsburg, West Virginia 225 West King Street, Suite 307, Martinsburg, WV 25401-3211, Phone: 304-262-9285


  • Nicholas Johnston. "Senate Panel Rejects Proposal to Probe Eavesdropping, (Update 1) & (Update 2)" Bloomberg. March 7, 2006.
  • "Rockefeller Organizes Second W.Va. Homeland Security Event." Charleston Daily Mail. March 21, 2006.

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External links

  • Official senate site

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