During Tomblin's nearly two years as governor, job-creating has been vigorous. Altogether, corporations have invested almost $5 billion in new plants or expansions, fostering about 5,500 good jobs. For example, a Spanish firm's decision to sink $100 million into the South Charleston stamping plant and eventually hire 700 happened partly because Tomblin, as Senate chief, pushed a $15 million state loan that made the plant ready for operation.
In his thirty-six years in the legislature, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, was elected 18 straight years as President of the Senate, and with the election of Governor Joe Manchin to the US Senate, became Acting Governor. He was elected Governor in October 2011.