ROCKEFELLER, John Davison (Jay), IV (1937-)
Senate Years of Service: 1985-2015

ROCKEFELLER, JOHN DAVISON (JAY), IV, (Nephew of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, great-grandson of Nelson Aldrich, and son-in-law of Charles Harting Percy), a Senator from West Virginia; born in New York City, June 18, 1937; graduated, Phillips Academy, Exeter, N.H., 1954; graduated, Harvard University 1961; VISTA volunteer, Emmons, W. Va., 1964-1966; member, West Virginia house of delegates 1966-1968; secretary of State of West Virginia 1968-1972; president, West Virginia Wesleyan College 1973-1976; Governor of West Virginia 1977-1985; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1984 and began service on January 15, 1985; reelected in 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in 2008, and served from January 15, 1985, to January 3, 2015; chair, Committee on Veterans' Affairs (One Hundred Third Congress, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003]), Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Tenth Congress), Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (One Hundred Eleventh to One Hundred Thirteenth Congresses); vice-chair, Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 2014.

West Virginia University
West Virginia and Regional History Collection
Morgantown, WV
Papers: Senatorial papers. Processing in progress. Press files including speeches and statements, press releases, newspaper clippings, audiovisual materials, and photographs are open for research. Digital photographs available on website. Finding aid online.

  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: John D. Rockefeller IV, United States Senator, 1985-2015. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2015.