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Rocky Fitzsimmons

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Rocky Fitzsimmons
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West Virginia State Senate, District 1
Former member
In office
December 26, 2012 – January 14, 2015
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 26, 2012
Appointed byGov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington University
J.D.Wake Forest University
Date of birthMarch 5, 1979
Robert "Rocky" Fitzsimmons is a former Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 1 from 2012 to 2015. He was appointed to the chamber on December 26, 2012. Fitzsimmons was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Orphy Klempa's resignation.[1]


Fitzsimmons earned a bachelor's degree from Washington University. He then earned his law degree at Wake Forest University. Fitzsimmons is an attorney.[2]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking and Insurance, Vice Chair
Enrolled Bills
Transportation and Infrastructure
Government Organization
Joint Government Organization
Joint Judiciary



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 13, 2014. The general election was on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Rocky Fitzsimmons was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Ryan Ferns was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ferns defeated Fitzsimmons in the general election.[3][4]

West Virginia State Senate District 1, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Ferns 51.8% 13,762
     Democratic Rocky Fitzsimmons Incumbent 48.2% 12,821
Total Votes 26,583


Fitzsimmons has served as chairman of the Ohio County Democratic Party.[5]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Orphy Klempa (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Ryan Ferns (R)