Eric Nelson, West Virginia Delegate

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Eric Nelson
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West Virginia House of Delegates District 35
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University, 1983
Date of birthDecember 4, 1960
Place of birthCharleston, WV
ProfessionPresident, Nelson Enterprises
Office website
Campaign website
Fredrik Eric Nelson is a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Nelson holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Washington and Lee University.

Nelson is President of Nelson Enterprises, Inc. The business is an investment company that focuses on real estate, natural resources, money management and entrepreneurial activity in the region. He previously worked for Crestar Bank, City Holding Company, and Mountaineer Capital.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Banking and Insurance
Finance, Chair
Senior Citizen Issues


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


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


Campaign themes


Nelson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I am concerned about the current condition of our state and local economy. We must be proactive in creating employment opportunities in West Virginia through incentivizing business to protect our current job base, as well as, creating opportunities to add new employees."


  • Excerpt: "I support stopping the growth of and reducing the waste in government spending. I favor requiring an audit of all state spending and reforming our state's budget process to eliminate waste."

Invest in West Virginia Energy

  • Excerpt: "Second to the citizens of West Virginia, are West Virginia's abundant natural resources. I strongly support the production of coal, oil, and gas. As we continue to develop cost effective alternative energy sources, we cannot turn our back on those resources that allow us to have affordable electricity and heating rates."


  • "I support improvements in K-12 preparation for college or technical trades."
  • "I support rewarding teachers for improved results and teaching techniques."
  • "I support the PROMISE scholarship and would support ways to incentivize and work with business to keep more of our graduates at home."


  • "I support reducing excessive taxes, particularly those on our West Virginia seniors, disabled, and veterans. Let's make West Virginia more attractive for all retirees to remain home."
  • "I support the elimination of the business franchise tax. This tax has a tremendous negative impact on the retention of capital and capital investment by businesses in West Virginia."
  • "I support the reduction and ultimate elimination of taxes on business inventory and business equipment. We have long been known for our manufacturing strength, reducing this tax will help bring back our manufacturing and its higher paying jobs."



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. District 35 is represented by four delegates. Andrew Byrd, Thornton Cooper, Barbara Hatfield and Sherri Wong defeated John Caudill, IV, David Harless, Bret Nida, Joe Wallace and Gary Winter in the Democratic primary. Incumbents J.B. McCuskey, Eric Nelson, and Suzette Raines and Chris Stansbury defeated Richard McGinnis and Marie Sprouse-McDavid in the Republican primary. Byrd, McCuskey, Nelson, and Stansbury defeated Cooper, Hatfield, Wong, and Sprouse-McDavid in the general election. Raines withdrew from the race due to personal reasons and allegations from Democrats.[3] She was replaced by Sprouse-McDavid on the general election ballot.[4][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates District 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson Incumbent 15.7% 11,050
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJ.B. McCuskey Incumbent 14.3% 10,013
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stansbury 12.7% 8,897
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Byrd 12.6% 8,852
     Republican Marie Sprouse-McDavid 12% 8,436
     Democratic Bobbie Hatfield 12% 8,401
     Democratic Sherri Wong 11.4% 8,039
     Democratic Thornton Cooper 9.3% 6,548
Total Votes 70,236


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Nelson won re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 35. Nelson advanced past the May 8 primary election and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Nelson was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 30. He was one of fourteen candidates running for the seven positions in District 30 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He was opposed in the general election by Republican candidates Michael Scott Hall, Brian F. Hicks, Fred Joseph, Daniel "Rick" Barnett, Jim Strawn, and Steve Sweeney; Democratic incumbents Bonnie Brown, Nancy Guthrie, Barbara Hatfield, Mark Hunt, Douglas Skaff, Jr., Sharon Spencer, and Danny Wells. Only the top seven vote-getters were elected.[9][10][11][12]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 30 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Skaff, Jr. (D) 19,335 8.79%
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Nelson (R) 17,603 8.00%
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Wells (D) 17,197 7.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Hatfield (D) 17,186 7.81%
Green check mark transparent.png Bonnie Brown (D) 16,920 7.69%
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Hunt (D) 16,498 7.50%
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Guthrie (D) 16,301 7.41%
Sharon Spencer (D) 15,686 7.13%
Fred Joseph (R) 15,329 6.97%
Brian Hicks (R) 15,001 6.82%
Michael Hall(R) 14,923 6.78%
James Strawn (R) 14,180 6.44%
Daniel Barnett (R) 12,119 5.51%
Steven Sweeney (R) 11,808 5.37%
West Virginia State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fredrik Eric Nelson, Jr. (R) 2,963 4.21%
Green check mark transparent.png Fred H. Joseph (R) 2,820 4.01%
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Scott Hall (R) 2,548 3.62%
Green check mark transparent.png James W. Strawn (R) 2,343 3.33%
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Sweeney (R) 2,096 2.98%
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Richard Barnett (R) 1,993 2.83%
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Franklin Hicks (R) 1,979 2.81%
Harold Verdayne Meade, Jr. (R) 1,273 1.81%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $194,020 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[13]

Eric Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 35 Won $108,990
2010 West Virginia State House, District 30 Won $85,030
Grand Total Raised $194,020


Nelson won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $108,990.


Nelson won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $85,030.


Nelson and his wife, Pam, have three children.


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