Jay Rockefeller
American politician
Jay Rockefeller
John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV 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.
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Bring Climate Change in From the Cold
Huffington Post - over 1 year
While the nation focuses on terrorism and the horrific attack in Paris (as well as other nations overseas), there is another issue that the Pentagon has stated is an immediate threat to our national security. Yet it is rarely, if ever, discussed in those terms on the Republican side of the aisle. In fact, there's been a pink elephant in the room during the four GOP presidential debates and despite its wheezing smoke, it's been almost totally absent from the conversation. That lonely pachyderm is climate change. During the over nine hours of debate time (counting the main events, not the undercards) on Fox News, CNN, CSNBC and Fox Financial News, there has been only one question regarding climate change and it was answered by just three candidates for a grand total of four minutes. Are Republicans waiting for a debate moderated by the Weather Channel to discuss one of most important issues facing our country's future? After countless sound bites by aspirants to the Oval Office excla ...
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Children's Health Insurance Program Ain't Broke
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In 1997, 1 in 7 children (or over 14 percent) were living without health insurance coverage in the United States. In response to this crisis, Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) worked together on legislation to expand health coverage to our nation's 10 million uninsured children. According to the New York Times, Senator Hatch said that "as a nation, as a society, we have the moral responsibility" to provide coverage for the most vulnerable children. The initial bill formed the basis of a bipartisan child health package in the Senate Finance Committee that eventually worked its way through a Republican-led Congress and became part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The final package was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1997, and resulted in the creation of what was initially known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) -- now known more simply as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Over CHIP's 18 years, the pro ...
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Harry Reid Hires Longtime Labor Ally As Economic Staffer
Huffington Post - about 2 years
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has hired Ellen Doneski, a longtime aide to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) who is highly regarded by the American labor movement. Doneski will be the top tax policy expert on Reid's staff and will be involved in most economic issues, a Reid aide said. "It's great news," said Bill Samuel, top lobbyist at the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest federation of labor unions. "And further proof that Senator Reid intends to take his fight for a progressive agenda to the next level." Doneski's ties to unions date back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, when she worked with Samuel and current AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at United Mine Workers, where they organized strikes to secure health care benefits for miners. She spent several years working as top staffer on the Senate Commerce Committee under Rockefeller, who retired in January. In her new role, she'll replace Cathy Koch, who had worked as a lobbyist with General Electri ...
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Overcoming the Six Year Jinx
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It is a staple of American history that the president's party loses seats six years into his term. Voters are weary of the incumbent and receptive to change. In the past century, even the beloved Franklin Roosevelt lost seats in his sixth year, 1938, before going in to win two more terms. The only modern president to have overcome this jinx was Bill Clinton in 1998, mainly because the Republicans had over-reached in their Monica-obsessed impeachment crusade. The Democrats actually picked up five house seats in Clinton's sixth year, the first such 6th year gain for the in-party since 1822. What are the odds that Barack Obama and the Democrats will beat the odds, and what might they do to improve their chances? The circumstances are far from auspicious and the stakes could hardly be higher. Democrats hold the Senate by a margin of 55-45, counting the two independents who caucus with the Democrats. Only Democratic control of the Senate has allowed President Obama to win some key ...
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New White House Cybersecurity Framework and DATA Act: Good Intentions, But Still Fall Short
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the much awaited Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, a document meant to serve as guidance for organizations to create cybersecurity frameworks that can prevent cyberattacks and data being compromised, such as the incidents experienced by a myriad of large retailers, like Target, over the last several months. The guidance arrives at a time when both the executive and legislative branches are debating the United States' next steps in data privacy, with John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) introducing the The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) on the same day as the administration released its cybersecurity guidelines. While both efforts are steps in the right direction, what the efforts are missing is a more heavy-handed approach to enforceability against organizations who fail to take data protection seriously. The DATA Act would ...
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Spooked Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama
Business Insider - about 3 years
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spooked by President Barack Obama's low approval ratings, some of his fellow Democrats in tough November election races have begun their campaigns by distancing themselves from the White House and asserting their independence from Obama's policies. In what amounts to a survival-first strategy among embattled Democrats crucial to the party's effort to keep control of the Senate, some candidates in conservative states Obama lost in 2012 are aggressively criticizing his health care, energy and regulatory policies. The group includes three incumbent senators, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, as well as Natalie Tennant, who is seeking to replace retiring Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. Other Democratic senators facing tough battles for re-election have not been as critical of Obama, but have signaled they might not do much campaigning with him. Democratic Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina rec ...
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Christie's to Blame Even If He Didn't Know
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Chris Christie says in an interview published Monday that he's "readier" than he was before to be president. That's the latest word from the embattled New Jersey governor on his White House abilities. It follows a spate of recent reports that Christie is now winning the sympathy and support of many of his fellow Republicans -- even some who consider him too moderate for their presidential tastes -- as he counters accusations that the shutdown of traffic lanes to the George Washington Bridge was an act of political reprisal by him or key members of his staff. Politico is among the latest sources of these reports. The website quotes, among others, one South Carolina Republican National committeeman who says grassroots GOPers feel solidarity with Christie and that the scandal is being overblown by the too-liberal mainstream media; a Tea Party activist as saying some Republicans "are circling the wagons;" and an Iowa GOP strategist who thinks "Iowans are generally going to consider it ...
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FOX NEWS FIRST — Social issues resurgent | Davis hid husband’s help | Oklahoma shootout over Coburn seat? | Mandate, schmandate: ObamaCare lacks carrots and sticks | This time, Bob wasn’t playing
Fox News - about 3 years
Want the must-read political news sent straight to your inbox each morning? CLICK HERE to sign up for FOX NEWS FIRST! FOX News First: Jan. 20 By Chris Stirewalt Buzz Cut: ·        Social issues resurgent ·        Davis hid husband’s help ·        Oklahoma shootout over Coburn seat? ·        Mandate, schmandate: ObamaCare lacks carrots and sticks ·        This time, Bob wasn’t playing ‘Bud’ Bowl, Indeed Next month’s Super Bowl will be played by the NFL teams from the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Washington and Colorado. Accordingly, the Internet is preparing a long toke on goofy stories and click-bait headlines. (Pro tip: Fox News First likes the symmetry of “Bowl Bowl,” but for those looking for a more direct route, “Kind Bud Bowl” or “Real Bud Bowl” both have obvious merit.) But beneath the endless pot jokes, there is something happening around social issues in this election cycle. For Democrats, pot legalization is fast becoming a litmus-te ...
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Senator Not Convinced Chris Christie Was Ignorant Of Bridge Scandal
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The chairman of the Senate transportation committee said Thursday he will hold off on conducting hearings into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) bridge controversy if federal prosecutors are also investigating, although he's still not convinced that Christie is telling the whole story. "I don't put us out of the game entirely," Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told reporters at the Capitol, according to the Bergen Record. "I just don't think a hearing at this point -- it would be seen as entirely political and my guess is we wouldn’t get many answers." "I think they got a big fat problem there," Rockefeller added. "Am I convinced [Christie] didn't know about it? No I'm not." Rockefeller heads the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In December, he asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to conduct a review into why the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey abruptly shut down two of the three access lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort ...
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Chamber of Commerce ads to run in Idaho, W.Va.
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections. Mike Simpson is fighting back, working for a balanced budget, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, fixing the Obamacare mess. Rob Engstrom, national political director for the Chamber, said the ads mark the start of the organization's voter education effort as it looks to "protect and expand the pro-business majority in the House and gain seats in the Senate." The Chamber is running an ad this week backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., highlighting his challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency over regulations on coal production. Coal is also the subject for the Chamber's commercial backing Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the seven-term lawmaker who is considered a favo ...
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Senate to hold hearing to discuss Amazon package delivery drones
Fox News - over 3 years
A spokeswoman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., confirmed to Fox News the hearing is scheduled for 2014, and said it was planned before Amazon unveiled its so-called “Octocopters” Sunday night.
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Sen. Rockefeller asks FCC to delay backing deals between TV stations
LATimes - over 3 years
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee, wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on approving any big television deals until a report on consolidation in the broadcasting industry is released.
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Defying Washington to Save the Internet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Co-authored by S. Derek Turner It's a rarity in Washington to see a communications bill that actually serves the public. But a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced last week is a direct challenge to the communications cabal that controls much of our media in the United States. For that the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act faces very long odds. But Rockefeller's bill does so much for Internet users and video watchers that it deserves everyone's support. Sen. Rockefeller, who is serving out his final term in Congress, has clearly been emboldened by the open Internet movement. Over the past decade, millions of people have spoken out to preserve Net Neutrality, stop online censorship and protect our rights to connect and communicate. We recognize the power of free speech and access to information that the Internet enables, and we're using the Internet in growing numbers to protect these rights against corporate and governmental abuse. Gatekeepers have historically stood in ...
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Paul Rieckhoff: Who Will Stand With Military Sexual Assault Survivors When It Counts This Week?
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Serving in the U.S. military requires courage. Coming forward to describe surviving military sexual assault takes even more. That is what thousands of survivors like those shown in the Academy Award-nominated film, The Invisible War have done. And for every survivor who is able to come forward, thousands are suffering in silence. When the Department of Defense reported that there were an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military in 2012, it was a massive wake-up call. It showed our military is being weakened from the inside. And this week, the issue has finally reached a tipping point. After 20 years of broken promises to end sexual assault in the military, one vote will determine whether or not Congress has the courage to strengthen the military justice system. The numbers only show the partial scope of the problem, not the day-to-day impact of military sexual assault. Too often, survivors tell of coming forward to bravely report a sexual ...
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Consumer Watchdog Backs Do Not Track Kids Bill; Says All Ages Deserve Protection
Yahoo News - over 3 years
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. "This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director. The fact that the bill was introduced in both houses of Congress and is sponsored by Democrats and Republicans underscores that privacy is a bipartisan concern, Consumer Watchdog said. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.) has introduced a general Do Not Track bill in the Senate.
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How one senator plans to break up the cable cartels
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Congress is America’s least-liked political institution but it could score some points with the public if it takes on one of America’s least-liked industries. The Washington Post reports that Senator Jay Rockefeller (D., WV) has introduced new legislation aimed at reining in cable companies’ ability to dictate what consumers can watch and what channels they’re required to buy as part of their bundling packages. Among other things, the bill would bar cable companies from entering into deals with broadcasters to keep their live content from Netflix, Hulu and other digital streaming services; would shore up regulations against ISPs degrading competing video services’ traffic in favor of their own; and it would give the Federal Communications Commission the power to monitor broadband
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jay Rockefeller
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In November 2014, Rockefeller donated his senatorial archives to the West Virginia University Libraries and the West Virginia & Regional History Center.
    More Details Hide Details The archival collection documents his 30-year career in the United States Senate. Rockefeller served on the following committees in the 112th Congress: Rockefeller initially supported the use of force based upon the evidence presented by the intelligence community that linked Iraq to nuclear ambitions. After the Niger uranium forgeries, in which the Bush administration gave forged documents to U.N. weapons inspectors to support allegations against Iraq, Rockefeller started an investigation into the falsification and exaggeration of evidence for the war. Through the investigations, he became an outspoken critic of Bush and the Iraq war. As chair of the Intelligence committee, he presided over a critical report on the Administration's handling of intelligence and war operations. Rockefeller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the final two pieces of the Phase II report on Iraq war intelligence on June 5, 2008. Senator Rockefeller said, "The president and his advisers undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the attacks to use the war against Al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein."
  • 2013
    On March 25, 2013, Rockefeller announced his support for gay marriage.
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    He announced on January 11, 2013, that he would not run for a sixth term.
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    On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he would not seek reelection in 2014.
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  • 2011
    In July 2011 Rockefeller was prominent in calling for U.S. agencies to investigate whether alleged phone hacking at News Corporation's newspapers in the United Kingdom had targeted American victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
    More Details Hide Details Rockefeller and Barbara Boxer subsequently wrote to the oversight committee of Dow Jones & Company (a subsidiary of News Corporation) to request that it conduct an investigation into the hiring of former CEO Les Hinton, and whether any current or former executives had knowledge of or played a role in phone hacking.
    On June 1, 2011, Rockefeller sponsored the fourth West Virginia Homeland Security Summit and Expo.
    More Details Hide Details The event ran two days and focused on homeland security with Rockefeller emphasizing cybersecurity. In 1997, Rockefeller co-authored the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – a program aimed at giving low-income children health insurance coverage. Annually, CHIP has been successfully covering about 6 million children, who otherwise would have been uninsured. On September 30, 2007, the program expired, requiring Congress to reauthorize the legislation. On August 2, 2007, the vote for reauthorization passed legislation by a strong, bipartisan vote (68-31). Recognizing the importance of long-term care for the nation's veterans, Rockefeller authored successful legislation that required the Department of Veterans Affairs, for the first time, to provide a wide range of extended care services—such as home health care, adult day care, respite care, and hospice care—to veterans who use the VA health care system. Rockefeller is also a strong supporter of the fight against Alzheimer's and neurological disease. The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) was founded in Morgantown in 1999 by Rockefeller and his family to help advance medical and scientific understanding of Alzheimer's and other diseases of the brain. BRNI is the world's only non-profit institute dedicated exclusively to the study of both human memory and diseases of memory. Its primary mission is to accelerate neurological discoveries from the lab, including diagnostic tools and treatments, to the clinic to benefit patients who suffer from neurological and psychiatric diseases.
  • 2010
    Rockefeller became the senior U.S. Senator from West Virginia when Robert Byrd died in June 2010, after serving in the senate with Rockefeller for 25 years.
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    In February 2010, regarding President Obama, Rockefeller said, "He says 'I'm for clean coal,' and then he says it in his speeches, but he doesn't say it in here..
    More Details Hide Details And he doesn't say it in the minds of my own people. And he's beginning to not be believable to me." Rockefeller faced criticism from West Virginia coal companies, which claimed that he was out of touch.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Rockefeller supported President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
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    On September 29, 2009 Rockefeller offered an amendment to the Baucus Health Bill in the Senate Finance Committee to add a public option.
    More Details Hide Details The amendment was rejected 15 to 8, with five Democrats (Baucus, Kent Conrad, Blanche Lincoln, Tom Carper, Bill Nelson) and all Republicans voting no.
    On April 1, 2009, Rockefeller introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 - S.773 (full text) before Congress.
    More Details Hide Details Citing the vulnerability of the Internet to cyber-attacks, the bill makes provisions to turn the Department of Commerce into a public-private clearing house to share potential threat information with the owners of large private networks. It authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to sequester any information deemed necessary, without regard to any law. It also authorizes the president to declare an undefined "cyber-emergency" which allows him to shut down any and all traffic to what he considers to be a compromised server.
  • 2008
    On April 7, 2008 in an interview for The Charleston Gazette, Rockefeller criticized John McCain's Vietnam experience:
    More Details Hide Details “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.” The McCain campaign called for an apology from Senator Rockefeller and for Barack Obama, whom Rockefeller endorsed, to denounce the comment. Rockefeller later apologized for the comment and the Obama campaign issued a statement expressing Obama's disagreement with the comment. Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina noted that "John didn't drop bombs from 35,000 feet.the bombs were not laser guided (in the 1960 and 1970s)".
    On February 29, 2008, he endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States, citing Obama's judgment on the Iraq war and national security issues, and calling him the right candidate to lead America during a time of instability at home and abroad.
    More Details Hide Details This endorsement stood in stark contrast to the results of the state primary that was easily won by Hillary Clinton.
  • 2007
    In December 2007, Rockefeller opposed a special counsel or commission inquiry into the destruction of the tapes, stating "it is the job of the intelligence committees to do that."
    More Details Hide Details On September 28, 2006, Rockefeller voted with a largely Republican majority to suspend habeas corpus provisions for anyone deemed by the Executive Branch an "unlawful combatant," barring them from challenging their detentions in court. Rockefeller's vote gave a retroactive, nine-year immunity to U.S. officials who authorized, ordered, or committed acts of torture and abuse, permitting the use of statements obtained through torture to be used in military tribunals so long as the abuse took place by December 30, 2005. Rockefeller's vote authorized the President to establish permissible interrogation techniques and to "interpret the meaning and application" of international Geneva Convention standards, so long as the coercion fell short of "serious" bodily or psychological injury. The bill became law on October 17, 2006.
    In 2007, Rockefeller began steering the Senate Intelligence Committee to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies who were accused of unlawfully assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) in monitoring the communications of American citizens (see Hepting v. AT&T).
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    In July 2007, Rockefeller announced that he planned to introduce legislation before the August Congressional recess that would give the FCC the power to regulate TV violence.
    More Details Hide Details According to the July 16, 2007 edition of Broadcasting & Cable, the new law would apply to both broadcast as well as cable and satellite programming. This would mark the first time that the FCC would be given power to regulate such a vast spectrum of content, which would include almost everything except material produced strictly for direct internet use. An aide to the senator said that his staff had also been carefully formulating the bill in such a way that it would be able to pass constitutional scrutiny by the courts.
  • 2003
    This was an about-face of sorts for Senator Rockefeller, who had hand-written a letter to Vice President Cheney in 2003 expressing his concerns about the legality of NSA's warrantless wire-tapping program.
    More Details Hide Details Some have attributed this change of heart to the spike in contributions from telecommunications companies to the senator just as these companies began lobbying Congress to protect them from lawsuits regarding their cooperation with the NSA. Between 2001 and the start of this lobbying effort, AT&T employees had contributed only $300 to the senator. After the lobbying effort began, AT&T employees and executives donated $19,350 in three months. The senator has pledged not to rely on his vast fortune to fund his campaigns, and the AT&T contributions represent about 2% of the money he raised during the previous year. Though publicly deploring torture, Rockefeller was one of two Congressional Democrats briefed on waterboarding and other secret CIA practices in the early years of the Bush Administration, as well as the existence of taped evidence of such interrogations (later destroyed).
  • 2002
    Rockefeller noted that the comment expresses his personal opinion, and that he was not privy to any confidential information that such action was planned. On October 11, 2002, he was one of 77 Senators who voted for the Iraq Resolution authorizing the Iraq invasion.
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    In 2002, Rockefeller made an official visit to several Middle Eastern countries, during which he discussed his personal views regarding United States military intentions with the leaders of those countries.
    More Details Hide Details In October of that year, Rockefeller strongly expressed his concern for Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction program while addressing the U.S. Senate: In November 2005 during a TV interview, Rockefeller stated, "I took a trip.. in January 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course that had taken shape shortly after 9/11."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    The Rockefellers reside in Northwest Washington, D.C., and maintain permanent residence in Charleston, West Virginia. They have a ranch in the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. President Bill Clinton, a friend of Rockefeller's, and the Clinton family vacationed at the ranch in August 1995.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, Rockefeller became the principal Senate supporter, with Ted Kennedy, behind Bill and Hillary Clinton's sweeping health care reform package, liaising closely with the First Lady, opening up his mansion next to Rock Creek Park for its first strategy meeting.
    More Details Hide Details The reform was subsequently defeated by an alliance between the Business Roundtable and a small-business coalition.
  • 1992
    In April 1992, he was the Democratic Party's finance chairman and considered running for the presidency, but pulled out after consulting with friends and advisers.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to strongly endorse Clinton as the Democratic candidate. He was the Chairman of the prominent Senate Intelligence Committee (retiring in January 2009), from which he commented frequently on the war in Iraq.
  • 1990
    Rockefeller was re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 by substantial margins.
    More Details Hide Details He was chair of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs (1993–1995; January 3 to January 20, 2001; and June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003). Rockefeller was the chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (2009–2015).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, narrowly defeating businessman John Raese as Ronald Reagan easily carried the state in the presidential election.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    As in his 1980 gubernatorial campaign against Arch Moore, Rockefeller spent over $12 million to win a Senate seat.
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  • 1976
    Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia in 1976 and re-elected in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He served as governor when manufacturing plants and coal mines were closing as the national recession of the early 1980s hit West Virginia particularly hard. Between 1982 and 1984, West Virginia's unemployment rate hovered between 15 and 20 percent.
  • 1973
    Rockefeller then served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975.
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  • 1972
    He won the Democratic nomination for governor in 1972, but was defeated in the general election by the Republican incumbent Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr..
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Rockefeller was later elected West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968 and was president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He became the state's senior senator when the long serving Sen. Robert Byrd died in June 2010. As a great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, he was the only serving politician of the prominent six-generation Rockefeller family at the time and the only one to have held office as a Democrat in what has been a traditionally Republican dynasty.
  • 1967
    David's brother Winthrop Aldrich Rockefeller (1912—1973) served as Governor of Arkansas from 1967 to 1971.
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  • 1966
    He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966, and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968.
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  • 1964
    He continued his public service in 1964–1965 in the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), under President Lyndon B. Johnson, during which time he moved to Emmons, West Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Rockefeller, along with his son Charles, is a Trustee of New York's Asia Society, which was established by his father in 1956. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit think tank previously chaired by his uncle, David Rockefeller. As a Senator, he voted against the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, which was heavily backed by David Rockefeller. Since 1967, Rockefeller has been married to the former Sharon Lee Percy, the Chief Executive Officer of WETA-TV, the leading PBS station in the Washington, D.C., area, which broadcasts such programs as PBS NewsHour and Washington Week. She is a twin daughter of Senator Charles Harting Percy (1919—2011) and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson. Jay and Sharon have four children: Jamie's wife, Emily, is the daughter of former National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; John Davison Rockefeller VI was born to them on August 29, 2007. Before John VI's birth, they had two daughters, Laura Chandler Rockefeller (born c. 2000) and Sophia Percy Rockefeller (born c. 2002).
    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.
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  • 1961
    He graduated from Harvard in 1961 with an A.B. in Far Eastern Languages and History.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Yale University and did graduate work in Oriental studies and studied the Chinese language, but never finished the program. After college, Rockefeller worked for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., under President John F. Kennedy, where he developed a friendship with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and worked as an assistant to Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver. He served as the Operations Director for the Corps' largest overseas program, in the Philippines. He worked for a brief time in the United States Department of Far Eastern Affairs.
  • 1959
    Winthrop and David's brother Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908—1979) served as Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 and as Vice President of the United States under Gerald Ford (1974—1977).
    More Details Hide Details Jay is also a first cousin of Arkansas Lt. Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (1948—2006).
  • 1937
    Born on June 18, 1937.
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