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Jay Rockefeller Edit Profile

also known as John Davison Rockefeller IV

United States Senator from West Virginia

Jay Rockefeller, United States Senator from West Virginia. Trustee University Chicago, since 1967; chairman The White House Conference Balanced National Growth & Economic Development, 1978, President's Commission on Coal, 1978-1980, White House Advisory Committee on Coal., 1980; Member of National Governor Association.

Background

Rockefeller, Jay was born on June 18, 1937 in New York City. Son of John Davison III and Blanchette Ferry (Hooker) Rockefeller.

Education

Student, Japanese language International Christian University, Tokyo, 1960. Bachelor in Far Eastern Languages and History, Harvard University, 1961. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1954—1957.

Postgraduate in Chinese, Yale University, 1962.

Career

Member national advisory council Peace Corps, 1961, special assistant to director corps, 1962, operations officer in charge work in Philippines, until 1963. Desk officer for Indonesian affairs, Bureau Eastern Affairs United States Department State, 1963. Consultant President's Commission on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime, 1964.

Member West Virginia House of Delegates, 1966-1968. Secretary state State of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia, 1968-1972, governor, 1977—1985. President West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, 1973-1975.

United States Senator from West Virginia, since 1985. Member United States Senate Finance Committee, Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, chairman, 1993—1995, 2001, 2001—2003, United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 2007—2009, United States Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, since 2009.

Membership

Trustee University Chicago, since 1967. Chairman The White House Conference Balanced National Growth & Economic Development, 1978, President's Commission on Coal, 1978-1980, White House Advisory Committee on Coal., 1980. Member of National Governor Association.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Collecting 19th-century American art and American impressionism.

Connections

Married Sharon Percy, April 1, 1967. Children: John, Valerie, Charles, Justin.

father:
John Davison III Rockefeller

mother:
Blanchette Ferry (Hooker) Rockefeller

spouse:
Sharon Percy

children:
John Rockefeller

Valerie Rockefeller

Charles Rockefeller

Justin Rockefeller