From: "Senate Races - West Virginia", in "All Politics" section of CNN.com website (http://cgi.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/candidates/election.guide/text/WVSEN.shtml; viewed 1 December 2005):
Betty Burks (R)
BORN: Aug. 7, 1943, Eckman
EDUCATION: McDowell Vocational Technical Institute, R.C.H.A., 1992
FAMILY: Husband Cecil; four children
OCCUPATION: Nursing assistant
POLITICAL CAREER: None
Suspected by some in her own party of being a secret Rockefeller supporter--putting up a token challenge to the long-time incumbent--Burks claims that no one else wanted to run. Though Rockefeller may be "a good man," she says, he has done nothing for her poor state. Burks says she has no money and no name recognition, but wants to win.