John D. Rockefeller IV
- 1 Record and controversies
- 1.1 H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform)
- 1.2 Iraq War
- 1.3 Environmental record
- 2 Bio
- 3 Money in politics
- 4 Committees and affiliations
- 5 More background data
- 6 Contact
- 7 Articles and resources
Record and controversies
H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform)
On December 9, 2009, Senator Rockefeller was one of ten Democratic Senators to reach what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a “broad agreement”on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The discussion focused on abandoning or greatly narrowing the public health insurance option. <youtube>Hyz2z7SUtQY</youtube> In exchange, people 55-64 would be able to buy in to Medicare and Medicaid eligibility would be expanded to people within 150 percent of the federal poverty line. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office released a statement on the compromise:
"I asked Senators Schumer and Pryor to work with some of the most moderate and most progressive members of our diverse caucus, and tonight they have come to a consensus. It is a consensus that includes a public option and will help ensure the American people win in two ways: one, insurance companies will face more competition, and two, the American people will have more choices. I know not all 10 Senators in the room agree on every single detail of this, nor will all 60 members of my caucus. But I know we all appreciate the hard work that these progressives and moderates have done to move this historic debate forward. I want to thank Senators Schumer, Pryor, Brown, Carper, Feingold, Harkin, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson and Rockefeller for working together for the greater good and never losing sight of our shared goal: making it possible for every American to afford to live a healthy life. As is long-standing practice, we do not disclose details of any proposal before the Congressional Budget Office has a chance to evaluate it. We will wait for that to happen, but in the meantime, tonight we are confident." 
Rockefeller voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
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Efforts to delay carbon dioxide regulation
Although stating in 2010 that “greenhouse gas emissions are not healthy for our Earth or for her people, and we must take serious action to reduce them," Rockefeller introduced legislation on March 4, 2010, that would delay the EPA's carbon dioxide rules. The bill calls for a "two-year suspension" that will give Congress “the time it needs to address an issue as complicated and expansive as our energy future."
Treatment of detainees
In September 2006, Rockefeller crossed party lines to vote for the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The bill outlawed techniques of interrogation such as torture or rape, but left it up to the president to decide whether or not practices outside the boundaries of the Geneva Accords are appropriate. The bill came as a response to the 2006 Supreme Court ruling that President Bush had violated the Geneva Conventions, which the US had committed to abide by. 
- Main article: War on Terror detainee legislation
Stem cell research
Rockefeller supports federal funding for stem cell research and in July 2006 voted for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which permits the federal government to fund embryonic stem cell research, providing that the embryos used are from fertility clinics and were slated to be destroyed if they were not used.
- Main article: U.S. federal stem cell legislation
In June 2006, Rockefeller crossed party lines to vote to approve a constitutional amendment banning the desecration of the American Flag. The vote failed, one vote shy of the 2/3 majority needed to send it to state legislatures for ratification. The so called "Flag Burning" amendment has been somewhat of a biannual ritual whenever the Republican party controls Congress. It has been gradually losing support in the House, but gaining it in the Senate, as evidenced by the extremely close vote in 2006.
- Main article: Flag burning amendment
In February of 2007, Senator Rockefeller joined both Republicans and Democrats to support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which would increase the minimum wage to $7.15 per hour over the next two years. The bill passed 94-3, with three not voting. 
Cuts to federal programs
Senator Rockefeller voted with the Democrats against the Work, Marriage, and Family Promotion Reconciliation Act of 2005, which cuts over $40 billion over five years from federal programs such as welfare, child support and student lending programs. The vote was 50-50 and based almost completely on party lines, with some moderate Republicans negotiating amendments in order to assuage their concerns about the amendment forcing the poor to work longer hours and raising fees for Medicare and Medicaid. Vice President Dick Cheney broke the tie with a vote of Yes, and the bill was signed into law on February 8, 2006. 
As Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004, Rockefeller helped to create the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. The bill was designed in conjunction with the recommendations of the 9/11 commission to improve and coordinate US intelligence. It created the position of Director of National Intelligence, who manages the efforts of all 15 of the US Intelligence Agencies, including the FBI and CIA. 
On April 12, 2007, Sen. Rockefeller sponsored a motion to move to invoke cloture on the FY2007 Intelligence Authorization Act (S.372). The motion passed 94-3, however a later motion to invoke cloture on April 18 did not.
- Main article: Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2007
As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2007, Rockefeller is the chief democratic architect of changes to wiretapping law that "radically expand how the government wiretaps inside the United States".
Rockefeller has been in favor of giving telecommunications companies immunity from prosecution after the revelations came to light that they had assisted the Bush administration to engage in warrantless wiretapping. He has voted against amendments to strip immunity from the FISA revision bill . Telecommunication companies have contributed significantly to his 2008 election campaign ( and see below).
In 1993 Rockefeller became the principal senate supporter, with Ted Kennedy, behind President Clinton and Hillary's sweeping health care reform package, liaising closely with Hillary, even opening up his mansion in Rock Creek Park for its first strategy meeting. The reform was subsequently defeated by an alliance between the Business Roundtable and a small-business coalition. 
Rockefeller was born on June 18, 1937. He was Governor of West Virginia from 1977 to 1985. Rockefeller is a member of the prominent Rockefeller family, the great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, and nephew of former Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller and former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller. He was born in New York City and graduated from Harvard with his BA in history and Far Eastern Languages. He now resides in Charleston, WV.
After college, Rockefeller worked for the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. where he served as the operations director for their largest overseas program in the Philippines. He continued his public service in 1964 and 1965 as a VISTA volunteer, during which he moved to West Virginia.
He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966, and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. He served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1976.
Rockefeller was elected Governor of West Virginia in 1976 and re-elected in 1980. He served as Governor during some of the state's darkest years, when manufacturing plants and coal mines were closing as the national recession of the early 1980s hit West Virginia particularly hard. By working aggressively, taking a long-term view and emphasizing the loyalty and work ethic of West Virginia's workers, Rockefeller has attracted national and international companies to the Mountain State.
In 1984, he was elected to the U. S. Senate. He was re-elected in 1990, 1996 and 2002. He was chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs from 1993 to 1995; He is currently vice-chairman of the Intelligence Committee.
Positions and views
In 2002, Rockefeller traveled to several Middle East countries, where he discussed his view regarding United States military intentions with the leaders of those countries. In November 2005 during a TV interview, Rockefeller stated : "I took a trip by myself in January of 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 which had taken shape shortly after 9/11." 
Money in politics
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|Links to more campaign contribution information for John D. Rockefeller IV
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
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- Revolving door profile for John D. Rockefeller IV from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for John D. Rockefeller IV from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for John D. Rockefeller IV from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security - Chairman
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism
- Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation
- Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - Chairman
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- Joint Committee on Taxation
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Science and Space -
- Subcommittee on Technology Innovation and Competitiveness
- Subcommittee on Trade Tourism and Economic Development
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Subcommittee on Health Care - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy
- Subcommittee on International Trade
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Oversight of the Terriorist Surveillance Program - Ranking Minority Member
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Coalitions and caucuses
- Chair, Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care
- Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
- Chair, Democratic Technology and Communications Committee
- Majority Trust Co-Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
- Senate Auto Caucus
- Senate Rural Health Caucus
- Co-Chair, Senate Steel Caucus
Boards and other affiliations
- Former Trustee, Rockefeller Foundation
- Honorary Chair (Corporate Council), Children's Health Fund 
More background data
District Office- Fairmont :
118 Adams Street, Suite 301
Fairmont, WV 26554-2841
District Office- Charleston :
405 Capitol Street, Suite 508
Charleston, WV 25301-1749
District Office- Beckley :
207 West Prince Street
Beckley, WV 25801-4514
District Office- Martinsburg :
217 West King Street, Suite 307
Martinsburg, WV 25401-3211
2008 Campaign contact information
Friends of Jay Rockefeller
Post Office Box 1909
Charleston, WV 25327
Email: web AT jay08.com
Articles and resources
- Joe Manchin III profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
- "Rockefeller Introduces Bill to Delay EPA Carbon Rules" Simon Lomax, Bloomberg March 5, 2010.
- Corporate Council, Children's Health Fund, accessed December 13, 2010.
Articles & commentary
- "Rockefeller: Bush Duped Public On Iraq. CBS News Exclusive: W.Va. Senator Says Invasion Unnecessary Even If Saddam Would Still Be In Power," CBS News, September 9, 2006.
- Mark Mazzetti, "Leading Senator Assails Bush Over Iran Stance," New York Times, January 20, 2007. re war in Iran
- Jonathan S. Landay, "Rockefeller: Cheney applied 'constant' pressure to stall investigation on flawed Iraq intelligence," McClatchy Newspapers (Contra Costa Times), January 25, 2007.
- John Aravosis, "Ask Susan Collins, Norm Coleman and John Sununu just how well the Democratic message on Iraq is selling," AMERICAblog, April 23, 2007.
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. Senate|
Ranking Member On:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation/Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Ranking Member On:
Senate Auto Caucus, Senate Rural Health Caucus, Co-Chair of Senate Steel Caucus
|Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Aviation Operations Safety and Security, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs Insurance and Automotive Safety, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce Trade and Tourism, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Science Technology and Innovation, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure Safety and Security, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Social Security Pensions and Family Policy, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 6, 1984
|First Took Current Office:
January 15, 1985
November 4, 2014
|Previous Political Work?
West Virginia Governor, Secretary of State of West Virginia, West Virginia House of Delegates
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Date of Birth: June 18, 1937