Senator John Unger
Unger was first elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1998 at the age of 28 and is currently serving his third term. As a state senator, John Unger has built a reputation as an independent and effective voice for his voters, passing more than 230 bills through the West Virginia Legislature, including legislation that created the West Virginia Division of Energy, West Virginia Water Resource Protection Act and Voluntary Farmland Protection Program.
In the Senate, Unger serves as the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, making sure West Virginia has the infrastructure needed to move the state forward. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee, giving him unique insight into solutions for America’s health care crisis, and as Chairman of the Workforce and Homeland Security Subcommittees.
John Unger was born and raised in the district, growing up in Martinsburg. He was the first member of his family to attend college when he enrolled at West Virginia University (WVU). Unger was named WVU’s 24th Rhodes Scholar and went on to attain his BA/MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. Unger also won the TIME College Achievement Award while at WVU, which is an award given out by the TIME / LIFE magazine editors to only 20 college scholars each year.
John Unger has dedicated his life to serving and empowering people in his community, his state, and around the world. Unger volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India during the monsoons and riots in 1990, coordinating the distribution of relief supplies. He also provided relief for refugees with the United States Refugee Program in Hong Kong and with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the U.S. State Department Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in southern Turkey and Iraq. In 2003, he returned to Iraq to help manage relief and recovery efforts in Iraqi orphanages, schools and hospitals with Save the Children International.
John Unger currently resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In addition to his State Senate duties, Unger acts as a homeland security and economic development advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and is the producer and host of a public affairs talk radio show in the Eastern Panhandle