Justin Marcum

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Justin Marcum
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West Virginia House of Delegates District 20
In office
Term ends
November 31, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
AppointedJanuary 16, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMarshall University
J.D.Appalachian School of Law
Office website
Campaign website
Justin Marcum (b. May 3, 1946) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 20. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 16, 2012.[1]


Marcum earned a B.A. in Economics from Marshall University. He earned his J.D. from Appalachian School of Law in 2011.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Government Organization
Pensions and Retirement


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


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


Campaign themes


Marcum's website highlighted the following themes:[3]

  • Jobs & Lower Taxes
Excerpt: "It is important that we remain fiscally responsible and continue to lower taxes. By doing this we can continue to protect keep the bond ratings of the State while lowering taxes on the middle class. Lower tax rates help everyone and provide more money back into our local economies."
  • Education
Excerpt: "By investing in education we prepare our children for tomorrow. Today’s world is continually evolving and now is the time to improve our State’s education system. This starts by attracting new teachers into the State. We can do this through a variety of methods but it starts with teacher pay raises. Furthermore, putting less focus on testing and more on the student will improve our education system."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Delegate Justin Marcum has a plan for seniors and it includes; (1) fighting to lower prescription drug costs, (2) improving the quality of life for our seniors, (3) protecting the retirement benefits that our seniors have worked so hard to secure, and (4) protecting our seniors from any form of exploitation or abuse."
  • Future Progress
Excerpt: "My plan for the future is simple. Jobs, Lower Taxes, and Education which in return leads to Future Progress."



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. Incumbent Justin Marcum defeated Michael Baisden in the Democratic primary. Russell Deskins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Marcum defeated Deskins in the general election.[4][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Marcum Incumbent 70.6% 2,823
     Republican Russell Deskins 29.4% 1,173
Total Votes 3,996


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Marcum ran for re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 20. Marcum defeated Nathan Brown and Marvin Vernatter in the May 8 primary election. He defeated Mike Baisden in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Marcum Incumbent 68.4% 4,013
     Republican Mike Baisden 31.6% 1,850
Total Votes 5,863
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 20 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJustin J. Marcum Incumbent 58.4% 2,655
Nathan Brown 35.7% 1,622
Marvin Vernatter 5.9% 270
Total Votes 4,547

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Marcum is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Marcum raised a total of $43,272 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 26, 2013.[9]

Justin Marcum's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 20 Won $43,272
Grand Total Raised $43,272


Marcum won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Marcum raised a total of $43,272.



In 2014, Marcum's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • WV Coal Association
  • United Mine Workers
  • West Virginia Business & Industry Council
  • West Virginian’s for Manufacturing Jobs
  • WV Education Association


Marcum and his wife, Latisha, have one child.[2]


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