Nick Joe Rahall II (born May 20, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1977, and the Chairman of the House Resources Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes much of the southern portion of the state, including Huntington, Bluefield and Beckley. Rahall has served in Congress since 1977.
Rahall was born in Beckley. He is of Lebanese descent. His father was a businessowner with diverse holdings, including many radio stations throughout the state. Rahall graduated in 1971 from Duke University. Following his graduation, he attended graduate school at the George Washington University. He then went to work for the late Senator Robert Byrd (who was from nearby Sophia) as a staff member.
Rahall has been the Chairman of the Resources Committee since the Democrats won control of the House in 2007. He is also the second-most senior Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.