Michael Folk

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Michael Folk
Michael Folk.jpg
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63
In office
December 1, 2012 – present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHedgesville High, 1987
Bachelor'sShepherd College, 1992
Master'sWest Virginia University, 1994
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Folk is a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 63. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Folk attended Hedgesville High School and Shepherd College before completing a Master's degree at West Virginia University in 1994. Folk's professional experience includes working at his father's agricultural aviation business, teacher for Berkeley County, materials management supervisor at Mack Trucks, and pilot.

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Organization
Political Subdivisions
Agriculture and Agri-business
Joint Government Organization


Campaign themes


Folk's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


  • Hold unelected Public Officials accountable by supporting term limits to prevent crony type relationships to fester.
  • Hold elected officials accountable by supporting experience/professional requirements for special Public Authorities/Boards, i.e. Airport Authorities should have aviation people as members and medical boards should have medical people.
  • Make government and elected representatives financially accountable to the citizens by following realistic actuarial accounting principles… not the more easily manipulated and distorted animal we call government accounting.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Reduce unfunded liabilities; i.e. OPEB, teacher retirement, and any other off-budget liabilities
  • Promote actuarially sound accounting of State finances… not current practice which results in so-called balanced budgets, but long-term unfunded liabilities
  • For example, if the state funds teacher retirement $20 million in a given year when they should have funded $100 million actuarially, only $20 million will count against the budget. Ultimately, this type of accounting results in situation like OPEB, an unfunded teacher retirement system, and other like financial liabilities.

Constitutional Principles

  • All proposed laws must comply with United States and West Virginia Constitution
  • We must fight federal mandates that are unconstitutional. For example, the Affordable Healthcare Act, often referred to as Obamacare, which mandates individuals purchase a product they may not want.
  • Work to reform laws which limit freedom and liberty throughout the state and local area.
  • Preserve, protect and defend the 2nd Amendment period. If we restrict gun ownership, only criminals will have guns.



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Michael Folk was unopposed in the Republican primary. Folk will face Heather Marshall (D) in the general election. Marshall replaced her husband, Donn Marshall, in the race after he accepted a job with the U.S. Department of Defense.[1][2]


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Folk won election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63. Folk defeated Pam Brush in the May 8 primary election and defeated Donn Marshall in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Folk 51.2% 3,096
     Democratic Donn Marshall 48.8% 2,947
Total Votes 6,043
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Folk 51.4% 485
Pam Brush 48.6% 458
Total Votes 943

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Folk is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Folk raised a total of $22,113 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 31, 2013.[6]

Michael Folk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 63 Won $22,113
Grand Total Raised $22,113


Folk won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Folk raised a total of $22,113.
West Virginia House of Delegates 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Folk's campaign in 2012
Folk, Michael (Mike)$4,600
Folk, George W$1,000
Eastern Panhandle Business Association$900
West Virginia Bankers Association$600
Folk, Michael$550
Total Raised in 2012$22,113
Source:Follow the Money


Folk and his wife, Stella, have four children.

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