John Raese

West Virginia Senate Nominee (R)

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Why He Matters

A twice-unsuccessful Senate candidate, Raese lost a third time in his his 2010 bid to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) in a special West Virginia election.

Though Gov. Joe Manchin (D) seemed destined to keep the seat in his party's hands, Raese's personal wealth, the unpopularity of President Barack Obama, and the dismal 2010 climate for Democrats conspired to make the West Virginia race very competitive.But Raese ultimately fell short against Joe Manchin. (Follow results here.)

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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.

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The Issues

"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.

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The Network

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.


Additional Resources

  1. Huber, Tim, "Senate candidate Raese calls for flat tax" The Associated Press, April 7, 2006
  2. King, Joselyn, "Raese Touts Constitution, Capitalism" The Intelligencer, Oct. 9, 2010
  3. Searls, Tom, "Byrd trounces Raese for record ninth term" Charleston Gazette, Nov. 8, 2006
  4. "Manchin, Raese win senate nods" The Associated Press, Aug. 28, 2010
  5. Nyden, Paul J., "Raese's comments on steel draw criticism" The Charleston Gazette, Aug. 7, 2010
  6. King, Joselyn, "Raese Touts Constitution, Capitalism" The Intelligencer, Oct. 9, 2010
  7. Blake, Aaron, "New hope for Senate Republicans in West Virginia" The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2010
  8. Bash, Dana, "Race is tight for Byrd's Senate seat in West Virginia" CNN, Oct. 5, 2010
  9. Cherry, Nathan A., "BREAKING: WV Senate Candidate Reacts to DADT, Abortion Vote" The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, Sept. 22, 2010
  10. Bash, Dana, "Raese sees change in West Virginia" CNN, Oct. 4, 2010
  11. Nyden, Paul J., "Raese spokesman defends Fla. connection" The Charleston Gazette, Oct. 6, 2010
  12. Keyes, Scott, "GOP Senate Nominee John Raese: 'I Made My Money The Old-Fashioned Way: I Inherited It'" Think Progress, Sept. 24, 2010
  13. Stump, Jake, "Raese Doesn't Mince Words, Republican still has harsh words for Rockefeller" Charleston Daily Mail, Feb. 24, 2006
  14. "Greer Industries Official Site"
  15. Brownstein, Ronald, "GOP's New Senate Class Could Be Conservative Vanguard" The National Journal, Sept. 25, 2010
  16. Eckholm, Erik, "Run for a Seat Thought Safe Turns Into a Battle" The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2010
  17. Stump, Jake, "Byrd once had a pal in Morgantown, and his name was Raese" Charleston Daily Mail, May 18, 2006
  18. "About John" John Raese for Senate, Aug. 3, 2010
  19. Eckholm, Erik, "Run for a Seat Thought Safe Turns Into a Battle" The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2010
  20. McArdle, John, "Businessman Not Afraid of Taking on Capito" Roll Call, July 14, 2010
  21. "West Virginia: Late Senate Race Entry For GOP Media Mogul" Roll Call, Jan. 26, 2006
  22. Drucker, David M., "Raese Says He Will Only Serve One Full Term" CQ Politics, Oct. 8, 2010
  23. Little, Herb, "Rockefellers Release 10 Years of Income Tax Returns" The Associated Press, Aug. 28, 1984
  24. Rivard, Ry, "Raese, Manchin clash on stimulus" Charleston Daily Mail, Sept. 20, 2010
  25. Van Pelt, Kara, "GOP Senate candidate holds forum at Woodrow" The Register-Herald, Sept. 18, 2010
  26. Stump, Jake, "Raese questions Sen. Byrd's abilities" The Charleston Daily Mail, Oct. 24, 2006