Craig Blair at a Glance
Craig is a lifelong resident of the Eastern Panhandle, where the people share West Virginian values such as hard work and honesty. Craig graduated from Hedgesville High School and James Rumsey Vocational Institute. His interests allowed him to gain a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience in various fields, including gasoline and diesel engine repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, residential and commercial electrical work, plumbing, refrigeration, welding, machining, masonry, computer and electronic circuit design, aviation, excavation and hauling, pesticide application, software design, web design, graphic arts, advertising, and marketing.
During his instructional years, Craig worked both as a cook for Kentucky Fried Chicken where he earned the prestigious “WhiteGloveAward,” and at his family farm, Rosemary Orchard. After graduation, Craig continued working on the orchard, which produced and packaged apples and peaches for domestic and export distribution. Those jobs taught him there’s no substitute for elbow grease and that you should always put in your full effort, no matter what the job.
From frying chicken and packing apples, he moved up to being a plant engineer for Cassco Ice and Cold Storage(Reddy Ice). From there he started his own part-time business, Sunset Trade Services, which provided plumbing, electrical, ammonia refrigeration and water-treatment services to the Eastern Panhandle.
In 1993, he took Sunset Trade Services to the next level by running the business full-time under the name Sunset Water Services. Since then, Sunset Water Services has grown to become the largest water treatment company in the tri-state area, serving over 20,000 Eastern Panhandle customers.
Craig Blair began his political career serving in the House of Delegates from 2003 to 2010, representing the 52nd District, which encompasses Berkeley and Morgan Counties. During his tenure, he became particularly active in fighting for tax reform and relief for taxpayers and small businesses. He is an ardent supporter of common sense governmental reforms, which focus on effectiveness and efficiency.
In 2012, he was elected to represent the West Virginia's 15th Senatorial District, which encompasses Berkeley County, Hampshire County, Mineral County, and Morgan County. When Republicans gained the majority in 2014 he became the Chairman of the Government Organization Committee. Then in 2015 he became the Majority Whip and served in that position until September of 2017 when he became Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Craig currently serves as the Chair of Finance and the Vice Chair of Education. His other committees are Banking & Insurance, Confirmations, and Rules. His interim committees include Flooding, Dept of Transportation Accountability, Economic Development, Government & Finance, Natural Gas Development, and Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services.