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Nick Rahall currently serves the Third Congressional district of West Virginia

Nick Joe Rahall II has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, since 1977 (map). He is the Dean of the West Virginia Delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Rahall voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

CLEAN Energy Act of 2007

In January 2007, Rahall sponsored the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 which was the comprehensive energy bill that addressed royalties and tax breaks previously afforded to oil and gas companies. It passed the house on January 18, 2007 in a vote of 264-163. The Senate version of the bill included many amendments to further change energy laws.

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007

Animal rights legislation

Bill to restore a prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros

On April 26, 2007, the House considered a bill sponsored by Rep Rahall which would reverse an amendment to a 2005 appropriations bill that allowed for the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros. The 2005 law also provided, and this bill would prohibit, that animals over ten years old or that have been unsuccessfully offered for adoption three times must be sold with no limitations. It allowed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to round up horses and burros for adoption when necessary. Following passage of the bill, the BLM followed the practice of rounding up more animals than it could get adopted or afford to care for and feed. As of 2007, the BLM had approximately 31,000 horses and burros in holding facilities (their care and feeding reportedly half the BLM budget). As of 2007, 50 horses had been slaughtered since the 2005 bill passed.[2]

The 2005 bill had cited overpopulation as justification for allowing the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a roundup of the horses and burros. This bill noted that there are “significantly fewer of those animals than 25 years back. In 1980 there were 62,638 and by February 2007 there were 28,500.”[3]

The bill passed 277-137.[4]

April 26, 2007
Passed, 277-137, view details
Dem: 194-25 in favor, GOP: 82-113 opposed, Ind: 0-0

Main article: U.S. animal rights legislation



Nick Rahall was born May 20, 1949 in Beckley, West Virginia. His father was the owner of many businesses, including many radio stations throughout the state. Rahall attended Duke University. Following his graduation, he attended graduate school at the George Washington University, but dropped out when the Viet Nam draft ended. He then went to work for Senator Robert Byrd (who is from nearby Sparta, West Virginia) as a staff member.

Congressional Career

After 4th District Congressman Ken Hechler stepped down to run for governor in 1976, Rahall narrowly won a 10-way Democratic primary, which was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic district. He has been reelected 14 times with virtually no Republican opposition aside from 1988 and 1990. Rahall holds one of the safest Democratic districts in the country (Democrats frequently win by margins of 90-10). The district was renumbered the 3rd after the 1990 census, when West Virginia's declining population cost it a congressional seat.

Speculation on his political future centers on a possible run for the Senate whenever Byrd's seat opens up, and on the continued population loss of his district, which will likely result in some degree of redistricting in the state.

2006 election

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Kim Wolfe to challenge Rahall in his bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) Rahall retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Nick Rahall
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Coal Contributions

In late October 2010, during the lead up to the Congressional midterm elections, The New York Times reported:

Coal industry spending on campaigns and lobbying is substantial and growing, although it is dwarfed by the far better-financed oil and gas, electric utility, financial services and health care lobbies.
Among the largest recipients of coal money are Republican and Democratic members who have sponsored or voted for measures to block new E.P.A. regulations on climate cahnge pollution from the burning of coal and oil and who are most likely to support efforts to block other new rules.
These members include Representatives Roy Blunt of Missouri and Joe L. Barton of Texas, both Republicans, and Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia and Rick Boucher of Virginia, both Democrats. Each had received more than $25,000 in contributions as of early October, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending.
Two Senate candidates, Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, and Gov. Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, have also received sizable industry donations.
The political action committee of Representative John Boehner of Ohio, who is in line to become speaker if Republicans capture the House, has received more than $300,000 from mining interests, most of it from coal companies. The industry is counting on Mr. Boehner to reverse the current Democratic leadership's refusal to allow a vote on the measure blocking E.P.A. carbon regulation.[5]

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Arts Caucus
  • Black Caucus
  • Chair/Founder, Congressional Coalition Group
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
  • Congressional Wine Caucus
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Leadership Council
  • Democratic Study Group
  • Energy & Environment Study Conference
  • Minor League Baseball Caucus
  • Rural Caucus
  • Steel Caucus
  • Textile Caucus
  • Travel & Tourism Caucus
  • Truck Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Nick Rahall. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2307 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3452
Fax: 202-225-9061
Web Email

District Office - Beckley:
106 Main Street
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-252-5000
Fax: 304-252-9803

District Office- Bluefield:
601 Federal Street, Room 1005
Bluefield, WV 24701
Phone: 304-325-6222
Fax: 304-325-0552

District Office- Huntington:
845 Fifth Avenue
Post Office Box S
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-522-6425
Fax: 304-529-5716

District Office- Logan:
220 Dingess Street Logan, WV 25601
Phone: 304-752-4934
Fax: 304-752-8797

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Rahall for Congress campaign website

Keep Nick Rahall in Congress
PO Box 64
Beckley, WV 25801

Nick Rahall on MySpace
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Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Arts Caucus; Black Caucus; Chair/Founder, Congressional Coalition Group; Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Sportsman's Caucus; Congressional Wine Caucus; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Democratic Leadership Council; Democratic Study Group; Energy & Environment Study Conference; Minor League Baseball Caucus; Rural Caucus; Steel Caucus; Textile Caucus; Travel & Tourism Caucus; Truck Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Railroads Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 1976
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1977
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 106 Main Street, Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-252-5000 / Fax: 304-252-9803
2. 601 Federal Street, Room 1005, Bluefield, WV 24701
Phone: 304-325-6222 / Fax: 304-325-0552
3. 845 Fifth Avenue, Post Office Box S, Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-522-6425 / Fax: 304-529-5716
4. 220 Dingess Street Logan, WV 25601
Phone: 304-752-4934 / Fax: 304-752-8797

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. Keep Nick Rahall in Congress, PO Box 64, Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: May 20, 1949

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