Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate (WV)
Election Day: November 4, 2014
Natalie is Italian on her mother’s side and her ancestors can be traced back to San Giovanni in Fiori, which she has traveled back to wither mother in celebration of the Feast of Saint John in recent years. Natalie’s grandparents, Joe Brunetti and Catherine DeLuca came to the United States and settled in West Virginia---they were the first couple married in St. James Catholic Church in North View. Natalie’s Italian heritage was an important part of her upbringing and she fondly remembers selling pizza with her Uncle Smitty Brunetti and participating as a princess in the 1986 Italian Festival. In 2010, she was honored by the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival as the Italian American Woman of the Year.
Natalie Tennant currently serves as Secretary of State for West Virginia and has since 2008. She is running for the seat vacated by the retiring Democratic Senator, Jay Rockefeller.
Natalie’s tenure as Secretary of State has demonstrated that she’s a leader that is not afraid to break from party lines in order to put the people of West Virginia first. She cut the budget of her office by 20% ($3 million) by eliminating wasteful programs and spending. The wife and daughter of veterans, Natalie has been committed to helping those abroad and in helping those return find jobs and start businesses.