Meet the Treasurer

The honorable John D. Perdue is West Virginia’s 24th State Treasurer and is currently serving his fifth term. Treasurer Perdue is West Virginia’s longest-serving state treasurer with 19 years in office. He gained that distinction in 2015 when he surpassed Richard Talbott (D-Barbour) who occupied the office from 1933-1951.

Treasurer Perdue has served the people of West Virginia for more than 40 years. He started his public service career with the Department of Agriculture in 1973. During his time there he held several positions, including the title of Assistant Commissioner. In 1989 he became executive assistant to former Governor Gaston Caperton and served as a member of his executive staff for eight years.

Since taking office in 1997, Treasurer Perdue has worked diligently to make West Virginia a better place for families, business owners and citizens of all ages. As the banker of state government, Treasurer Perdue manages more than $13 billion of state money annually. The Treasurer’s Office has set records in the Unclaimed Property Division by returning more than $120 million to rightful owners over the course of his administration. In addition, he oversees the state’s Board of Treasury Investments, the West Virginia Retirement Plus deferred compensation plan and the SMART529 college savings program.

The Treasurer’s commitment to education is unparalleled. His NetWorth financial education program is nationally recognized with the distinct honor of a 2009 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award. The NetWorth program was also selected as a regional finalist for the Council of State Government Innovations Award for two consecutive years.

Treasurer Perdue is the only West Virginia State Treasurer to serve as president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). He was honored as the organization’s Treasurer of the Year in 2007. In 2012 he received the Unclaimed Property Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).

John Perdue is a 1972 graduate of West Virginia University and a native of Boone County. He and his wife Robin have two adult daughters.

Treasurer Perdue’s accomplishments include:

  • The Board of Treasury Investments receiving Standard and Poor’s AAAm, the highest rating available for a money market fund
  • Establishment of the SMART529 college savings program
  • Creation of nationally award-winning NetWorth financial education initiative
  • Execution of dozens of workshops and conferences to help West Virginian’s better manage their financial assets
  • Return of more than $130 million in unclaimed property to state residents
  • Taking control of West Virginia Retirement Plus, the state’s deferred compensation plan
  • Serving as past president of the National Association of State Treasurers and the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators
  • Receiving NAUPA’s lifetime achievement award

West Virginia State Treasurer's Office
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
Capitol Complex Building #1, Room E-145
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
304-558-5000 Toll Free: 800-422-7498

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