Meshea Poore

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Meshea Poore
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, West Virginia, District 2
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
West Virginia House of Delegates District 37
In office
January 10, 2010-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedDecember 18, 2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCapital High School
Bachelor'sHoward University
J.D.Southern University Law Center
Place of birthCharleston, West Virignia
Office website
Campaign website
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Meshea L. Poore is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 37. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2009. She was appointed on December 18, 2009, to the seat vacated by Carrie Webster, who was appointed to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit by Governor Manchin.[1]

On July 9, 2013, Poore announced that she would run for the U.S. House seat from West Virginia's second congressional district, which is being vacated by Shelley Moore Capito (R), who is running for U.S. Senate.[2] She lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014[3]


Poore was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and she graduated from Capital High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Doctor of Juris Prudence Degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[4]


Poore started working as a public defender in Kanawha County in 2004. In 2009, she started her own law practice.[4]

On January 10, 2010, Poore was sworn in to the West Virginia House of Delegates after being appointed by Governor Joe Manchin, after a vacancy of the seat.[4]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business
Constitutional Revision
Health and Human Resources
Rule-Making Review, Chair
Joint Judiciary


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



See also: West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Poore ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent West Virginia's 2nd District.[5] Poore lost the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014 to Nick Casey.[3]

Democratic primary results

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNick Casey 60.5% 21,287
Meshea Poore 39.5% 13,874
Total Votes 35,161
Source: Results via Associated Press


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Poore won re-election in the 2012 election for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 37. Poore ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated Derrick Westly Shaffer in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMeshea Poore Incumbent 87.6% 4,583
     Mountain Derrick Shaffer 12.4% 646
Total Votes 5,229


Poore was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 31. She defeated Republican Pamela Minimah and Independent Janet Thompson. She was one of three candidates running for one position in District 31 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. She defeated Democrat Archie Chestnut in the May 11 primary.[9][10][11]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 31 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Meshea Poore (D) 2,807 70.53%
Pamela Minimah (R) 935 23.49%
Janet Thompson (I) 238 5.98%
West Virginia State Senate, District 31 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Meshea La'Shawn Poore (D) 1,160 65.32%
Arthur James Chestnut (D) 336 18.92%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poore's reports.[12]

Meshea Poore (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$0$14,344$(15,715)$-1,370
Year End[14]January 31, 2014$-1,370$25,001$(7,380)$17,720
April Quarterly[15]April 22, 2014$16,349.70$11,090.00$(21,571.24)$5,868.46
Running totals

Comprehensive donor information for Poore is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Poore raised a total of $80,880 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[16]

Meshea Poore's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State House, District 37 Won $16,478
2010 West Virginia State House, District 31 Won $49,743
2008 West Virginia State House, District 31 Won $14,659
Grand Total Raised $80,880


Poore won re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. During that election cycle, Poore raised a total of $16,478.
West Virginia House of Delegates 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Meshea Poore's campaign in 2012
Cmte to Elect Meshea Poore$4,273
West Virginia AFL-CIO$2,000
West Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council$2,000
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council$1,250
Communications Workers of America$700
Total Raised in 2012$16,478
Source:Follow the Money


Poore won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2010. During that election cycle, Poore raised a total of $49,743.


Poore lost the election for the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2008. During that election cycle, Poore raised a total of $14,659.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in West Virginia

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In 2014, the West Virginia State Legislature was in session from January 8 through March 10.

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