|West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63|
|December 1, 2012 – present|
|December 1, 2014|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$131/day during session|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Hedgesville High, 1987|
|Bachelor's||Shepherd College, 1992|
|Master's||West Virginia University, 1994|
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.
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|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will consist of a primary election on May 13, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Donn Marshall is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Michael Folk is unopposed in the Republican primary.
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.
|West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63, General Election, 2012|
|West Virginia House of Delegates, District 63 Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|Michael Folk's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||West Virginia State House, District 63||$22,113|
|Grand Total Raised||$22,113|
2012Folk 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|
|Total Raised in 2012||$22,113|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Folk and his wife, Stella, have four children.
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- Delegate Office Website
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Michael Folk on Facebook
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- WBOY.com "West Virginia General Election Results November 6, 2012" Accessed November 7, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Statewide Results - General Election - November 6, 2012," accessed February 12, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Statewide Results - Primary Election - May 8, 2012," accessed February 12, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Folk, Michael (Mike)," accessed July 31, 2013
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