John D. Perdue, the state’s 24th Treasurer, has 35 years of experience serving the people of West Virginia.
From his days working for the Department of Agriculture to serving as a senior aide in the Governor’s office during the Caperton Administration, John Perdue has placed a high premium on public service. For nearly four decades, Perdue has worked hard to make West Virginia a better place for its small businesses, senior citizens, families, and young people.
Perdue, who was first elected to statewide office in 1996, has taken the State Treasurer’s Office to new heights with a more modernized office that not only restored the public’s faith and confidence with the state’s bank, but also successfully created a transparent office that dutifully serves the West Virginia taxpayer.
The banker of state government, Treasurer Perdue manages more than $13 billion annually in state dollars, as well as oversees the Board of Treasury Investment (BTI), West Virginia’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Unclaimed Property, and the SMART 529 College Education Savings Plan among other programs.
Treasurer Perdue has made a strong commitment to improving access to education for all West Virginians. Teaming with Hartford Financial, Perdue has successfully created more than 17,000 SMART 529 accounts to help families save money to send their kids to college and open the doors of opportunity for every West Virginia child. The Treasurer is a strong supporter of financial education in the classroom as well, beginning in elementary school. He is teaming with the West Virginia Department of Education to integrate practical financial uses, a program known as ‘NetWorth,’ into pre-existing curriculum.
John Perdue is past president of the National Association of State Treasurers and the Northeast Region of the National Association of State Treasurers. He has also served as president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. In addition, he has served on the board of the College Savings Plan Network.
State Treasurer John Perdue is a native of Dog Fork Hollow at Manila in Boone County. He is the son of Mary and the late Glen Perdue. He is a graduate of Scott High School and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from West Virginia University in 1972. He is the chairman of the WVU College of Agriculture and Forestry Visiting Committee. Perdue also serves on the West Virginia Board of Trustees of the Leukemia Society of America. He is also a member of the West Virginia Technology Enterprise Investment Council.
John Perdue and his wife Robin are the proud parents of two daughters. They reside in Kanawha County.