At a Glance
- Career History: President/Chief executive officer, Greer Industries (present)
- Birthday: April 10, 1950
- Hometown: Morgantown, W.Va.
- Alma Mater: West Virginia University, B.S. (1973)
Path To Power
Born in 1950 in Morgantown, W.Va., Raese comes from two prominent West Virginia families. His father, Richard "Dyke" Raese, was the coach of the West Virginia University men's basketball team that won the 1942 NIT championship. His mother's family, the Greers, owned a steel-and-mining company.
In 1972, Raese inherited the Greer Steel Co. and related mining companies from his late grandmother Agnes Greer. The business also encompasses other holdings including a newspaper, several radio operations and a golf course.
"I've been a conservative in West Virginia before that was popular," said Raese, a pro-business and anti-government Republican.
Raese is vocal about his distaste for government. He supports eliminating the departments of Education, Energy and Internal Revenue Service. He has criticized the No Child Left Behind Act for being an expensive "outcome-based education" policy that puts power in federal as opposed to local hands.
Though Raese has long been one of West Virginia's most prominent Republican, his relationship with one of the state's other high-profileGOPers, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, has been strained. "She's very liberal to me," said Raese when he was considering running for the 2010 GOP Senate nod before Capito opted against a bid.
Raese also ran against Capito's father, Arch Moore, for the 1988 Republican gubernatorial nod.