William Laird

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William Laird
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West Virginia State Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Whip, West Virginia State Senate
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia House of Delegates
1996-1998
Education
Bachelor'sConcord College
Master'sMarshall University
Personal
BirthdayJune 3, 1952
Place of birthMontgomery, WV
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William R. Laird IV (b. June 3, 1952) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 10 and serving as State Senate Majority Whip. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.[1] He previously served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 1998 and as Magistrate for Fayette County.

Laird earned his M.A. from Marshall University and his B.A. from Concord College. His professional experience includes working as Sheriff of Fayette County, a hospital administrator, president/CEO of Montgomery General Hospital, Deputy Director/Assistant Commissioner in Budget and Administration for the West Virginia Department of Corrections, and Director in Budget and Administration for the Office of Attorney General.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources, Chair
Agriculture and Rural Development
Education
Military
Health and Human Resources
Finance
Children and Poverty
Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, Chair
Agriculture and Agri-business
Joint Education
Employee Suggestion Award Board
Joint Finance
Health
Health and Human Resources Accountability
Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

2013

  • SB 100 - Requiring mandatory use of armored vests by law enforcement
  • SB 104 - Providing personal income tax deduction for spaying or neutering
  • SB 107 - Relating to selection of state agency administrative hearing examiners
  • SB 108 - Creating Fatality and Mortality Review Team
  • SB 112 - Relating generally to suspension or revocation of driver's license
  • SB 200 - Relating to Eyewitness Identification Act
  • SB 329 - Increasing certain rights of grandparents
  • SB 360 - Issuing deputy sheriffs ballistic vest upon law-enforcement certification
  • SB 372 - Creating criminal offense for interfering with emergency service call
  • SB 413 - Extending WV Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program
  • SB 414 - Clarifying hunting and fishing license-issuing authorities
  • SB 416 - Requiring prisoners exhaust administrative remedies prior to bringing civil suit
  • SB 423 - Providing certain convicted persons reduction in sentence
  • SB 466 - Creating Dangerous Wild Animals Act
  • SB 467 - Revising stocking permit requirements for release of aquatic species into state waters
  • SB 485 - Increasing compensation of natural resources police officers
  • SB 494 - Implementing responsible parent program pilot project
  • SB 509 - Imposing statutory liens on certain fire insurance proceeds
  • SB 521 - Creating amnesty program for certain drivers with suspended or revoked licenses
  • SB 522 - Relating to collection and processing of certain court fees
  • SB 541 - Increasing compensation of certain county officials
  • SB 609 - Implementing responsible parent program pilot project
  • SB 636 - Limiting amount municipalities can receive from certain speeding violation fines
  • SB 657 - Providing school social workers salary supplement and education reimbursement for achieving national certification[3]

Scorecards

In 2012, Laird earned a 92% rating from the National Rifleman's Association for his positions on gun rights and a 100% rating from West Virginians for Life, Incorporated. The West Virginia Sierra Club gave him a rating of 63% in 2010, and the West Virginia AFL-CIO rated him 100% in 2009.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Laird ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 10. Laird ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

2008

On November 4, 2008, William Laird was elected to the West Virginia State Senate, District 11.[8]

Laird raised $59,461 for his campaign, while Aubry Wilson raised $5,344, and James Waddell raised $200.[9]

West Virginia State Senate, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Laird (D) 21,619 59.58%
Aubry Wilson (R) 11,984 33.03%
James Waddell (Mountain) 2,682 7.39%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Laird is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Laird raised a total of $85,151 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[10]

William Laird's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 West Virginia State Senate, District 10 Won $16,690
2010 West Virginia State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $1,000
2008 West Virginia State Senate, District 11 Won $59,461
1998 West Virginia State House, District 29 Won $8,000
Grand Total Raised $85,151

2012

Laird won re-election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Laird raised a total of $16,690.
West Virginia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Laird's campaign in 2012
West Virginia Afl-Cio$2,000
American Electric Power$1,500
West Virginia Federation of Teachers$1,500
West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council$1,000
West Virginia Association of Realtors$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$16,690
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Laird was not up for election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Laird raised a total of $1,000.

2008

Laird won election to the West Virginia State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Laird raised a total of $59,461.

1998

Laird won re-election to the West Virginia House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Laird raised a total of $8,000.

Personal

Laird and his wife Michelle Ford have six children; William, Paul, Amanda, Kathryn, Kara, and Robert. He has been a member of Fayette County Bridge Day Commission, Mount Hope Lions Club, Pi Sigma Alpha, Valley Health Center Incorporated, West Virginia Drunk Driving Commission, 9/11 Advisory Board+, Advisory Board - Fayette County E-922, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, West Virginia Association of Counties, West Virginia Association of Counties, and West Virginia Sheriff's Association.

Scorecards

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2014

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Willis (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 10
2012-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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West Virginia State Senate District 11
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Clark Barnes (R)