Bill Cole
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Bill Cole

Republican

American politician in West Virginia

Bluefield, West Virginia
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Bill Cole

American politician in West Virginia
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65
Years of Age
6
Years of Experience
WVResidence (state)

William Paul Cole III (born May 16, 1956) is an American businessman, politician and a former Republican member of the West Virginia Senate, representing the 6th district from 2013 to 2017. He was the President of the Senate (and thus first in line to the governorship) from 2015 to 2017. Cole also served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from May 28, 2010, to January 12, 2011, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Delegate John Shott.Cole was the Republican nominee for West Virginia Governor in 2016, choosing to run for the office rather than run for re-election to the state senate. He lost the election to Jim Justice and was succeeded by Mitch Carmichael as Senate President.

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Experience

Education

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Northwood University
Bachelors Business Administration
Airline Transport Pilot
Certificate

Past Positions

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President
West Virginia State Senate
2015 - 2016
Senator
West Virginia State Senate
2012 - 2016
Delegate
West Virginia State House of Delegates
2010 - 2012
Delegate
West Virginia State House of Delegates
2010
Owner
Bill Cole Automall
Current
Owner
Bluefield Nissan Dealership
2000
Owner
Honda Dealership
2000
Pilot
Airline Transport
Owner
Supply Company, Commercial Truck Parts
Owner
Remanufacturing Company

Other Experience

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Board Member
W Paul Cole, Junior School of Business, Bluefield State College
Board Member
Greater Bluefield Development Authority
Former Member
Rules Committee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Post Audits Subcommittee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Joint Government and Finance Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
Former Member
Commission on Special Investigations, West Virginia State Senate