Nick Joe Rahall II (born May 20, 1949) is an American former politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as a U.S. Representative from West Virginia from 1977 to 2015.
From 1977 to 1993, he served the now-defunct 4th congressional district. From 1993 to 2015, he served the 3rd congressional district. His district included much of the southern, rural portion of the state, including Huntington, Bluefield, and Beckley. Rahall was the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Rahall lost a bid for re-election to Congress in 2014, losing to West Virginia State Senator Evan Jenkins.
Rahall was born in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Mary Alice and Nick Joe Rahall. He is a Presbyterian of Lebanese-Protestant descent, whose grandparents immigrated from Lebanon. His family owned radio station WWNR, which his father started with his uncles Farris, Sam, and Deem, and expanded to own other radio stations in a number of states.
Rahall graduated in 1971 from Duke University. He attended graduate school at the George Washington University, but did not graduate. He then worked as a sales rep for his family's radio station, WWNR. Rahall served as president of the Mountaineer Tour and Travel Agency in 1974, and was president of West Virginia Broadcasting...
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