Craig Blair at a Glance:
Craig Blair, a lifelong resident of the Eastern Panhandle, was born in Martinsburg on October 17, 1959.
Craig is a businessman, family man, and politician running for State Senate in West Virginia’s 15th Senatorial District, which encompasses Berkeley County, Hampshire County, Mineral County, and Morgan County.
Education and Work Experience:
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. In 1986, Craig became plant engineer for Cassco Ice and Cold Storage (Reddy Ice), an ice-supply and packaging company. Craig later 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, Craig took Sunset Trade Services to the next level by running the business full time under the name Sunset Water Services, a full service water treatment company similar to Culligan and RainSoft. Since then, Sunset Water Services has grown to become the largest water treatment company in the tri-state area, serving over 15,000 Eastern Panhandle customers.
Craig qualified as a Certified Water Specialist, Class V, putting him in a class of specialists numbering less than 400 worldwide. He also maintains a Master Electrician License, as well as a Master Plumber License.
Craig Blair has served in the House of Delegates since 2003, representing the 52nd District, which encompasses Berkeley and Morgan Counties in West Virginia. During his tenure, he has been particularly active in fighting for tax reform and relief for taxpayers and businesses throughout the state. He is an ardent supporter of common sense governmental reforms, which focus on effectiveness and efficiency. Craig has also been a strong advocate of judicial and tort reform.
Over the years, Craig’s service has earned him endorsements by various organizations, including:
- West Virginians for Life
- West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
- Eastern Panhandle Business Association
- West Virginia Farm Bureau
- West Virginia Family Foundation
- West Virginia Citizens Defense League
- West Virginia Business and Industry Council
- National Riflemen’s Associate (“A” Rating)
Family Life and Interests:
Craig and his wife Andrea have two grown children, Philip and Saira. Craig is also a proud grandfather to Cayden Philip Blair.
In his free time, Craig enjoys motorcycling, golfing and playing volleyball. He also refereed high school and college volleyball from 1993-2000.
Craig Blair Fast Facts:
Occupation: Businessman, Certified Water Specialist V – Master Electrician – Master Plumber
Born: October 17, 1959 – Martinsburg, West Virginia
Parents: Freddie and Jeanette Blair
Wife: Andrea Dendy
Children: Philip Lee and Saira Grey
Education: Hedgesville High School, James Rumsey Technical Institute
Experience: Industrial and Residential Electricity, Air Conditioning, Machine Trades
Member – Water Quality Association
National Rifle Association
Eastern Panhandle Business Association
Other Public Service:
Member, Republican National Committee
Member, Republican Solutions Committee, 2008-2010
Member, WVGOP Steering Committee, 2007-2010
Member, Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee, 2005-2010
Chairman, Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee, 2007
Delegate, West Virginia House of Delegates
Elected 2002 – 2010 (4 Terms as Delegate 52nd Delegate District)
Minority Chair - Economic Development and Small Business
Minority Vice-Chair - Government Organization 2006-2007
Member, Finance Committee, 2007-2010
Member, Finance Subcommittee A, 2007-2010
Member, Joint Standing Committee of Finance, 2007-2010
Member (Ex-Officio), Joint Committee on Government Operations, 2007-2010
Member (Ex-Officio), Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development, 2007-2010
Minority-Chairman, Economic Development & Small Business Committee, 2005-2010
Member, Constitutional Revision Committee, 2003-2010
Member, Joint Committee on Government Operations, 2003-2007
Member, Government Organization, 2003-2007
Member, Roads & Transportation Committee, 2003-2004
Candidate, West Virginia State Senate, District 16, 2010