|West Virginia State Senate District 15|
|January 9, 2013|
|Years in position||9|
|Per diem||$131/day during session|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University|
|Associate's||Davis and Elkins College|
|Master's||Pensacola Christian College|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1973-1976|
|Birthday||August 6, 1950|
|Place of birth||Portsmouth, VA|
Barnes attended Northern Virginia Community College. He earned his AAS in Business Administration from Davis and Elkins College. He went on to receive his BA from West Virginia Universiy. He then earned his MS from Pensacola Christian College.
Barnes has worked as president of Barnes and Associates, Incorporated since 1985. He also has worked as a project manager for Underground Technology Corporation. He served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1976.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Barnes has been appointed to these committees:
- Economic Development Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
- Education Committee, West Virginia State Senate
- Education Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
- Enrolled Bills Committee, West Virginia State Senate
- Government Operations Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
- Judiciary Committee, West Virginia State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
- Labor Committee, West Virginia State Senate
- Natural Resources Committee, West Virginia State Senate
- Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Committee, West Virginia State Legislature
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, West Virginia State Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Barnes served on these committees:
- Education Committee, West Virginia Senate
- Enrolled Bills Committee, West Virginia Senate
- Judiciary Committee, West Virginia Senate
- Labor Committee, West Virginia Senate
- Natural Resources Committee, West Virginia Senate
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, West Virginia Senate
Barnes is running in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11. Barnes ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and is challenged by Margaret Kerr Beckwith in the general election which takes place on November 6, 2012.
West Virginia was not scheduled to hold a gubernatorial election until 2012. However, elected Democrat Joe Manchin gave up the seat to join the U.S. Senate in the 2010 midterms. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, also a Democrat, took over the office as West Virginia does not have a lieutenant governor.
Trimming regulation was a major theme of Barnes' 2011 candidacy. He told a local paper, "And I think that’s an attitude of government a lot of time, particularly bureaucracies, and employees within bureaucracies, is that “I was hired to stop you from doing whatever it is you want.” We need to change that attitude of every employee within state government to “I’m here to help you with whatever you want”... I get tired of reading regulations in Judiciary Committee. It’s like, do we really need to add another regulation to this, or can we just throw this whole thing out the window? And sometimes, it would seem that way."
Barnes lost the primary, placing 3rd. Republican Candidate Bill Maloney won the Republican seat.
|2011 Race for Governor - Republican Primary|
|Clark S. Barnes||9.58%|
|Ralph William Clark||1.88%|
|Larry V. Faircloth||3.89%|
Barnes' seat was not up for election in 2010. 
Barnes raised $101,315 for his campaign, while Mike Ross raised $441,538.
|West Virginia State Senate, District 15 (2008)|
|Clark Barnes (R)||25,283||55.90 %|
Barnes raised $101,315 for the 2008 election.
His major contributors are listed below.
|West Virginia Farm Bureau||$2,000|
|American Electric Power||$1,000|
Barnes and his wife Deborah have four children; Thadeus, Erickson, Elizabeth, and Rachel.
- Biography from the West Virginia Legislature
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Project Vote Smart - Sen. Barnes
- West Virginia Secretary of State - 2012 Candidate Listing By Office
- wvmetronews.com - 2012 West Virginia Primary Election Unofficial Results
- The Register-Herald, "Gubernatorial candidate profiles: Republican Clark Barnes", May 3, 2011
- West Virginia official list of 2010 candidates
- West Virginia Election Results
- 2008 Follow the Money 2008
- Campaign contributors to Clark Barnes
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