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Glen Bertram B. Gainer, Edit Profile

politician , State Auditor , Mayor of Parkersburg

Glen B. Gainer, Jr. was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 18th State Auditor of West Virginia from 1977 to 1993.

Background

Gainer,, Glen Bertram was born on July 4, 1927 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States. Son of Glen B. and Nettie E. Gainer.

Education

AB, Marietta College, 1959. Student, Glenville State College, 1947—1948. Student, Muskingum College, 1948—1949.

Postgraduate, West Virginia University, 1961—1963.

Career

Born in 1927 to Glen. B Gainer, Sr. and Nettie Elizabeth (née Smith), Gainer, Jr. had one brother, Thomas Gainer. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and then worked as a school teacher and an athletic coach in Wood County.

Gainer's first venture into politics came when he served as the Mayor of Parkersburg from 1968 to 1970. He was the last Mayor to serve under the city commission form of government. As such, he had to cast tie-breaking votes.

In 1976, he ran for State Auditor. In the general election, he defeated the incumbent State Auditor John M. Gates in a landslide, by 62% to 38%. He was re-elected against Republican David Walkup in 1980 by an even larger margin, 66% to 34%.

In 1982, he ran for West Virginia's 1st congressional district. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Bob Mollohan was retiring and the seat was open. State Senator Dan R. Tonkovich came second with 36%, Gainer came third with 14%, Barbara Trushel came fourth with 4%, former gubernatorial candidate H. John Rogers came fifth with 2% and Timmy Kearns came last with under 2%.

In his bid for a fourth term in 1988, Gainer faced a primary challenge from Phillip Lee "Denzil" Gainer (no relation). Gainer defeated him by 68% to 32% and then defeated Republican Nelson B. Robinson, Jr. by 65% to 35%. Gainer did not run for re-election in 1992.

Gainer died on September 8, 2009. He is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg.

Achievements

  • He won the Democratic primary with 49%, defeating State Delegate J. Kemp McLaughlin and future State Senator Homer Heck, who took 31% and 20%, respectively. Mollohan had been grooming his son Alan to succeed him for years and he won the Democratic primary with 41% of the vote. Alan Mollohan went on to win the general election and represented the district until 2011.

    Gainer ran for a third term as Auditor in 1984 and won easily, defeating Republican William D. Bone by 67% to 33%.

Connections

Married Sally Jo Padgett, October 31, 1955. Children: Beth Lynn Criss, Glen B. III.

father:
Glen B.

mother:
Nettie E. Gainer

spouse:
Sally Jo Padgett

children:
Beth Lynn Criss Gainer,

Glen B. III Gainer,