Earl Ray Tomblin
Earl Ray Tomblin is the 35th Governor of West Virginia. He assumed office as acting governor on November 15, 2010, when his predecessor, Joe Manchin, resigned to take up his seat in the U.S. Senate. Tomblin won election as governor in 2011.
Tomblin says that he is Pro-Life, but in March 2014, he vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions in West Virginia after 20 weeks, which he said was due to constitutionality issues. In March 2015, Tomblin again vetoed the bill, however his veto was overridden by the West Virginia legislature. Tomblin has vetoed other bills, including a bill that made concealed carry without a permit legal, and a bill making West Virginia a Right to Work state. Both vetoes were overridden by the GOP-controlled legislature.
A May 2013 survey by Republican strategist Mark Blankenship showed Tombin's job approval rating to be at 69 percent, unchanged from two months earlier. According to a poll conduced by Public Policy Polling in September 2013, Tomblin had an approval rating of 47 percent with 35 percent disapproving, up from 44 percent in 2011.
- Associated Press (March 29, 2014) - "WV Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill, Sparking Outrage From National Pro-Life Group". Fox News. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- La Ganga, Maria (March 3, 2015) - "West Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Abortion At 20 Weeks". Los-Angeles Times. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- Eyre, Eric & Nuzum, Lydia (March 6, 2015) - "20-Week Abortion Ban to Become W.Va. Law; Senate Overrides Tomblin Veto". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- Gutowski, Stephen (March 8, 2016). West Virginia legalizes concealed carry without a permit. Fox News. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- Horowitz, Carl (February 26, 2016). West Virginia Enacts Right to Work Law over Governor’s Veto. National Legal and Policy Center. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- Kercheval, Hoppy (May 9, 2013) - "Poll Numbers Show Manchin, Capito, Tomblin, Tennant Strength". WV MetroNews. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Jensen, Tom (September 25, 2013) - "West Virginia Miscellany". Public Policy Polling. Retrieved March 10, 2015.