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David Sypolt
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West Virginia State Senate District 14
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 9
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sGlenville State College, 1988
Bachelor'sGlenville State College, 2004
Date of birthSeptember 28, 1964
Place of birthMorgantown, WV
Office website
Dave Sypolt (b. September 28, 1964) is a Republican member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Sypolt earned his AS in Land Surveying and Regents from Glenville State College in 1988. He went on to receive his B.A. from Glenville State College in 2004.

Sypolt is a registered football official for the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). He is a licensed ham radio operator, callsign KC8YSO, as well as an NRA Certified Pistol Safety Instructor. He has worked in independent mapping and as a cartographic consultant. He was also a curriculum advisor for both Glenville State College and Fairmont State University. Sypolt has worked as a land surveyor from 1986 to 1990 for three different companies. From 1986 to 1988 he worked for Laurel Mining Consultants, Incorporated. He then worked for Leiderman Associates, Incorporated from 1988 to 1990. Finally, he worked for Macris, Heneicks and Witman, Public Administration from 1989 to 1990. Sypolt went on to work as a professional land surveyor for Laurel Mining Consultants, Incorporated from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 2004 he worked as a professional land surveyor for Surveyor and Associates, Incorporated.

Sypolt's political experience began with his work as County Surveyor for Preston County, West Virginia from 2000 to 2004. He was a candidate for the West Virginia State Senate, District 14 in 2004 but was not elected.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Rural Development
Energy, Industry and Mining
Government Organization
Economic Development
Agriculture and Agri-business
Economic Development
Government Organization
Interstate Cooperation
Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education
Veterans' Affairs
Workforce Investment for Economic Development


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


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



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate 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. Stanley Shaver was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent David Sypolt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sypolt defeated Shaver in the general election.[3][4]

West Virginia State Senate District 14, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Sypolt Incumbent 65.4% 15,953
     Democratic Stan Shaver 34.6% 8,456
Total Votes 24,409


See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

David was re-elected to West Virginia State Senate, District 14. He won the May 11 primary and ran against Democrat Steven Shaffer in the November 2, 2010, general election.[5][6][7]

West Virginia State Senate, District 14 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Sypolt (R) 20,334 58.50%
Steven Shaffer (D) 14,423 41.50%
West Virginia State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Sypolt (R) 7,735 44.57%


On November 7, 2006, David Sypolt won election to the open seat in the West Virginia State Senate, District 14.[8]

Sypolt raised $41,551 for his campaign, while Craig Rotruck raised $43,311.[9]

West Virginia Senate, District 14 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Sypolt (R) 16,057
Craig Rotruck 14,334

Campaign donors


In 2010, Sypolt received $19,330 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

West Virginia State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Sypolt's campaign in 2010
West Virginia Chamber Of Commerce$2,000
West Virginia Bankers Association$2,000
Citizens In Support Of R Scott Smith$1,000
Sypolt, Alice$1,000
American Electric Power$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $19,330


Sypolt raised $41,551 for the 2006 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated $1,500
Contractors Association of West Virginia $1,500
West Virginia Coal Association $1,250
David Sypolt $1,098


David and his wife, Susan, have three children.[1]


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