Natalie Tennant

Born:December 25, 1967 (age 54)
Career:West Virginia secretary of state, 2009-present
Education:West Viriginia University

Natalie Tennant is the secretary of state of West Virginia and was the 2014 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia. The seat was open after incumbent Democrat Jay Rockefeller announced his retirement. Tennant lost in the general election to U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

Tennant was born on December 25, 1967. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from West Virginia University in 1991 and a master's degree in corporate and organizational communication from WVU in 2002. At WVU, Tennant was the first woman to represent the university as the Mountaineers' mascot.

Prior to her election as secretary of state, Tennant was a television reporter and co-owner of Wells Media Group, a video production and media training company she operated with her husband, Democratic State Senator Erik Wells. She took office as West Virginia's secretary of state in 2009. In 2011, Tennant ran for governor in a special gubernatorial election but lost in the primary.


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