After being educated in boarding schools in England and Switzerland, he attended Pembroke College, Oxford University. He graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with a degree in ranch management.
He was elected lieutenant governor in a November 1996 special election triggered by the resignation of Governor Jim Guy Tucker and the promotion of then-Lieutenant Governor Mike Huckabee. Rockefeller was subsequently re-elected in 1998 to a full four-year term, receiving 67 percent of the vote. Rockefeller was elected once again in 2002 with 60 percent of the vote.
According to his website: "As lieutenant governor he focused on economic development, education and literacy. As acting governor on September 11, 2001, the day terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, he resisted calls to declare a state of emergency and instead urged Arkansans to remain calm and to donate blood, which they did. He sponsored Project ChildSafe, a national firearms safety program that has distributed hundreds of thousands of free trigger locks in Arkansas, and he served as honorary chairman of the Arkansas Literary Festival. In 1997, Rockefeller created Books in the Attic, a program using existing resources, Boy Scouts, and volunteers to ensure access to reading opportunities for all children. In 2004, he served as chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas.
In 2007, with permission from the Rockefeller family, the Arkansas Chapter of Young Republicans named their "Young Republican of the Year Award" after Win Rockefeller. The inaugural winner was Boyce Hamlet from Warren, Arkansas.
He married his second wife, Lisenne Dudderar --an administrative assistant with the Arkansas Nature Conservancy-- on 4 June 1983. The marriage took place at the Rockefeller estate near Little Rock, Winrock Farms. They had five children: William (1986-), Colin (1990-), John (1993-), Louis (1996-), and Grace, whom the Rockefellers adopted in Hong Kong. Both their son John and daughter Grace have Down syndrome . Lisenne and Winthrop Rockefeller founded a school for children with learning disabilities in Little Rock, now known as the Academy at Riverdale.
Rockefeller was ranked # 283 on the Forbes magazine list of the nation's wealthiest people in 2005, with a fortune the magazine estimated at $1.2 billion. As lieutenant governor, which was a part-time job, he forwarded his $34,673 state salary to charity.
He returned from Seattle to Little Rock on July 8, 2006, after his second bone marrow transplant failed, and died at 10:37 a.m. on July 16 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
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