Clark Barnes

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Clark Barnes
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West Virginia State Senate District 11
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 10
Minority Whip, West Virginia State Senate
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
Associate'sDavis and Elkins College
Master'sPensacola Christian College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1973-1976
BirthdayAugust 6, 1950
Place of birthPortsmouth, VA
Office website
Clark S. Barnes (b. August 6, 1950) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Barnes has served as Minority Whip since 2007.


Barnes attended Northern Virginia Community College. He earned his AAS in Business Administration from Davis and Elkins College. He went on to receive his B.A. from West Virginia University. He then earned his M.S. from Pensacola Christian College.

Barnes has worked as president of Barnes and Associates, Incorporated since 1985. He also has worked as a project manager for Underground Technology Corporation. He served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1976.[1]

In 2011, Barnes ran for Governor of West Virginia in the 2011 special election. However, he lost the May 14, 2011, primary, placing third.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Barnes served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development
Children and Poverty
Transportation and Infrastructure
Energy, Industry and Mining
Children, Juveniles and Other Issues
Joint Education
Government Operations
Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Barnes served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Barnes served on these committees:



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Barnes ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11. Barnes ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated Margaret Kerr Beckwith in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClark Barnes Incumbent 68% 20,045
     Democratic Margaret Kerr Beckwitth 32% 9,454
Total Votes 29,499


See also: West Virginia special gubernatorial election, 2011 and West Virginia state executive official elections, 2011

West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.

Trimming regulation was a major theme of Barnes' 2011 candidacy. He told a local paper, "And I think that’s an attitude of government a lot of time, particularly bureaucracies, and employees within bureaucracies, is that “I was hired to stop you from doing whatever it is you want.” We need to change that attitude of every employee within state government to “I’m here to help you with whatever you want”... I get tired of reading regulations in Judiciary Committee. It’s like, do we really need to add another regulation to this, or can we just throw this whole thing out the window? And sometimes, it would seem that way."[5]

Barnes lost the primary, placing third. Republican Candidate Bill Maloney won the Republican seat.

2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Clark S. Barnes 9.58%
Mitch Carmichael 3.35%
Ralph William Clark 1.88%
Cliff Ellis 0.45%
Larry V. Faircloth 3.89%
Betty Ireland 30.91%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Maloney 45.11%
Mark Sorsaia 4.84%
Total votes 61,134


Barnes' seat was not up for election in 2010.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Clark Barnes won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate, District 15.[7]

Barnes raised $101,315 for his campaign, while Mike Ross raised $441,538.[8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 15 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Clark Barnes (R) 25,283 55.90 %
Mike Ross 19,942 44.10%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barnes is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Barnes raised a total of $341,285 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 25, 2013.[9]

Clark Barnes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State Senate, District 11 Won $27,490
2011 Governor of West Virginia Defeated $135,661
2010 West Virginia State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $0
2008 West Virginia State Senate, District 15 Won $101,315
2006 West Virginia State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $0
2004 West Virginia State Senate, District 15 Won $76,819
Grand Total Raised $341,285


Barnes won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $27,490.
West Virginia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clark Barnes's campaign in 2012
Barnes, Clark$10,000
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce$2,000
Merck & Co$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$27,490
Source:Follow the Money


Barnes lost the election for the West Virginia Governor in 2011. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $135,661.


Barnes won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $101,315.


Barnes won election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Barnes raised a total of $76,819.


Barnes and his wife Deborah have four children; Thadeus, Erickson, Elizabeth, and Rachel.


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In 2014, the West Virginia State Legislature was in session from January 8 through March 10.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Laird (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 11
Succeeded by
Preceded by
West Virginia State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Craig P. Blair (R)