Tom Takubo
Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Preceded byRyan Ferns
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 17th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2015
Serving with Eric Nelson
Preceded byBrooks McCabe
Personal details
Born (1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 49)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationMarshall University (BS)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Tom Takubo is a Republican member of the West Virginia Senate,[1][2] representing the 17th district since January 14, 2015. Takubo also serves as Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate, succeeding Ryan Ferns who was defeated in the 2018 West Virginia Senate election.

Takubo attended Marshall University and received his D.O. from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a business owner and serves on the medical faculty for West Virginia University. Takubo has three children. He lives in the Southridge area of South Charleston.

Election results

2018: Takubo ran for re-election in 2018 and was unopposed in the May Republican primary.[3] Takubo faced Terrell Ellis, a longtime Kanawha County community and economic developer, in the November general election.[4] Despite being outspent in the race,[4] Takubo beat Ellis by a slim 52.5%-47.5% margin to win a second term.

West Virginia Senate District 17 (Position A) election, 2018[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Takubo 18,466 52.46%
Democratic Terrell Ellis 16,735 47.54%
Total votes 35,201 100.0%

2014: After 16 years in the Senate, Democratic Senator and small business owner Brooks McCabe retired, leaving an open seat in District 17. Takubo, a doctor and small business owner,[6] ran for the seat and faced Lance Wheeler in the Republican primary. Takubo beat Wheeler by a 68%-32% margin to advance to the November general election,[7] where he faced Democratic nominee Delegate and Assistant Majority Whip Doug Skaff and Mountain Party nominee Jesse Johnson.[8] Takubo beat Skaff and Johnson as part of a Republican wave election that saw Republicans take both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature for the first time in eight decades.[9]

West Virginia Senate District 17 (Position A) election, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Takubo 15,488 52.08%
Democratic Doug Skaff 13,029 43.81%
Mountain Jesse Johnson 1,221 4.11%
Total votes 29,738 100.0%
West Virginia Senate District 17 Republican primary, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Takubo 3,477 68.16%
Republican Lance Wheeler 1,624 31.84%
Total votes 5,101 100.0%

References

  1. ^ "Tom Takubo". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tom Takubo's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "May 8, 2018 Primary Election Official Results". West Virginia Secretary of State.
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, Jeff (November 4, 2018). "Senate District 17: Takubo, one-term incumbent, faces challenge from community developer Ellis". West Virginia MetroNews.
  5. ^ "Statewide Results: General Election - November 6, 2018". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Boucher, Dave (September 24, 2014). "Local doctor makes GOP bid for state Senate". Charleston Gazette-Mail.
  7. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election - May 13, 2014". West Virginia Secretary of State.
  8. ^ "Statewide Results General Election - November 4, 2014". West Virginia Secretary of State.
  9. ^ Wilson, Reid (November 5, 2014). "Party switch gives Republicans control of West Virginia Senate". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ "Statewide Results: General Election - November 4, 2014". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
West Virginia Senate
Preceded by
Ryan Ferns
Majority Leader of the West Virginia Senate
2019–present
Incumbent