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West Virginia House of Delegates

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Tim Miley (D)
Majority Leader:   Brent Boggs (D)
Minority Leader:   Tim Armstead (R)
Members:  100
   Democratic Party (36)
Republican Party (64}
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art VI, West Virginia Constitution
Salary:   $20,000/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (100 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (100 seats)
Redistricting:   West Virginia Legislature in special session
The West Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the West Virginia State Legislature, the state legislature of West Virginia. 100 Members make up the legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Charleston. All members are elected to two year terms. Each member represents an average of 18,530 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 18,083 residents.[2]

As of April 2015, West Virginia is one of 7 Democratic state government trifectas.


Article VI of the West Virginia Constitution establishes when the West Virginia State Legislature, of which the House of Delegates is a part, is to be in session. Section 18 of Article VI states that the Legislature is to convene its regular session on the second Wednesday of January of each year. Once every four years, on the year in which the Governor of West Virginia is inaugurated, the Legislature holds a thirty day recess after the first day of the session. This recess is designed to give the Governor time to prepare a budget.

Section 22 of Article VI limits regular sessions of the Legislature to sixty days. Regular sessions can be extended by a two-thirds vote of the members of both legislative houses.

Section 19 of Article VI gives the Governor of West Virginia the power to convene the Legislature into special session. Section 19 also requires the Governor to convene a special session if it is requested by three-fifths of the members of each legislative house.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through April 13.

Major issues

Major issues include the availability of soft drinks in schools, repeal of the law allowing the sterilization of "mental defectives," and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases.[3]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 11 through March 10.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in regular session from January 12 through March 18. [4] An August 1 special session was called by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to pass legislation related to redistricting and other topics.[5] A second special session began on August 15, to replace the House of Delegates' redistricting plan. The House's plan, which passed during the first special session on August 1, must be vetoed because of errors. The plan contains duplicate voter precinct populations for districts in both Kanawha and Morgan counties.[6]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 13 to March 20. Additionally, the Legislature met in special session from May 13 to May 19.[7][8]

Ethics and transparency

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. West Virginia was given a grade of B in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[9]



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates will be held in West Virginia on November 6, 2012. All 100 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 28, 2012. The primary election day was May 8, 2012.


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Elections for the office of West Virginia's House of Delegates were held in West Virginia on November 2, 2010.

All Delegates are up for election every two years. As a result of the primary election, the top vote-getting candidates for each party earn a place on the ticket in the general election. For example, if two Delegate positions are open for a district, the top two primary vote-getters for each party are eligible for the general election ballot.

Voters who come to the polls on the general election day will vote for the number of Delegate positions for their District. Note that a candidate must have received at least one vote in the primary in order to be on the ticket for the general election.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was January 30, 2010. The primary election day was May 11, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $4,862,057 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [10]


Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In West Virginia, the Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the House of Delegates[11] [12].

The executive committee of the political party that holds the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Governor. The list must be submitted to the Governor within 15 days of the vacancy. The Governor must make a selection within five days of receiving the list. The person that is selected to fill the seat serves the remainder of the unfilled term[12].


The Legislature is responsible for redistricting in a summer session after Census data comes in; the Governor holds veto power.

2010 census

West Virginia received its local census data on March 23, 2011. The state grew a meager 2.5 percent with most growth by county seen in the northeast part of the state. The state's largest cities showed decline: Charleston decreased by 3.8 percent, Huntington decreased by 4.5 percent, Parkersburg decreased by 4.9 percent, Morgantown grew by 10.6 percent, and Wheeling decreased by 9.3 percent.[13]

The 2011 redistricting period was notable for the proposal of eliminating the state's multi-member districts, which ultimately failed. The Legislature passed plans in early August; Democratic Governor Ray Tomblin vetoed the House plan on August 17, 2011, calling for another session to begin the next day. On August 21, the Legislature approved revisions to the House plan, and struck down numerous Republican amendment including the replacement of the multi-member system with 100 single-member constituencies. Tomblin signed the plan on Friday, September 2, 2011.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 64
Total 100

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the West Virginia State House from 1992-2013.

Partisan composition of the West Virginia State House.PNG


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the West Virginia Legislature are paid $20,000/year. Legislators receive $131/day per diem during session, set by the compensation commission.[14]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

West Virginia legislators assume office the first day of December following the election.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [15]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, West Virginia House of Delegates
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Tim Miley Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Randy Swartzmiller Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Brent Boggs Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Michael Caputo Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Michael T. Ferro Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Richard J. Iaquinta Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Clifton Moore Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip David Pethtel Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Daniel Poling Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Margaret Donaldson Smith Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Margaret Anne Staggers Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Vacant Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Whip Vacant Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Tim Armstead Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Vacant Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Troy Andes Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Denny Canterbury Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Lynwood Ireland Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Daryl Cowles Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Whip Carol Miller Ends.png Republican

Current members

Current members, West Virginia House of Delegates
District Delegate Party Assumed office
1 Ronnie D. Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
1 Randy Swartzmiller Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
2 Phil Diserio Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
3 Ryan Ferns Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
3 Erikka Storch Ends.png Republican 2010
4 Michael Ferro Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
4 David A. Evans Ends.png Republican 2012
5 David Pethtel Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
6 William Romine Ends.png Republican 2000
7 Lynwood Ireland Ends.png Republican 2006
8 Everette Anderson Ends.png Republican 1992
9 Anna Border Ends.png Republican 2011
10 Thomas Azinger Ends.png Republican 1994
10 John Ellem Ends.png Republican 2000
10 Daniel Poling Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
11 Robert Ashley Ends.png Republican 2000
12 Steve Westfall Ends.png Republican 2012
13 Scott Cadle Ends.png Republican 2012
13 Brady Paxton Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
14 Jim Butler Ends.png Republican 2012
15 Troy Andes Ends.png Republican 2006
16 Kevin Craig Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
16 Carol Miller Ends.png Republican 2006
16 James Morgan Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
17 Douglas Reynolds Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
17 Dale Stephens Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
18 Kelli Sobonya Ends.png Republican 2002
19 Timothy Kinsey Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
19 Don Perdue Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
20 Justin Marcum Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
21 Harry White Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
22 Vacant
22 Jeff Eldridge Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
23 Joshua Nelson Ends.png Republican 2012
24 Rupert Phillips, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
24 Teddy "Ted" Tomblin Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
25 Linda Goode Phillips Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
26 Clif Moore Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
27 Joe Ellington Ends.png Republican 2010
27 Marty Gearheart Ends.png Republican 2010
27 John H. Shott Ends.png Republican 2012
28 Roy G. Cooper Ends.png Republican 2012
28 John D. O'Neal, IV Ends.png Republican 2010
29 Ricky Moye Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
30 Linda Sumner Ends.png Republican 2002
31 Karen "Lynne" Arvon Ends.png Republican 2012
32 Dave Perry Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
32 John Pino Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
32 Margaret Anne Staggers Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
33 David Walker Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
34 Brent Boggs Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
35 Doug Skaff, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
35 John B. McCuskey Ends.png Republican 2012
35 Eric Nelson Ends.png Republican 2010
35 Suzette Raines Ends.png Republican 2012
36 Nancy Guthrie Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
36 Mark Hunt Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
36 Danny Wells Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
37 Meshea L. Poore Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
38 Patrick Lane Ends.png Republican 2004
39 Ron Walters Ends.png Republican 2000
40 Tim Armstead Ends.png Republican 1998
41 Adam R. Young Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
42 George "Boogie" Ambler Ends.png Republican 2012
42 Ray Canterbury Ends.png Republican 2000
43 Denise L. Campbell Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
43 Bill Hartman Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
44 Dana L. Lynch Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
45 Bill Hamilton Ends.png Republican 2002
46 Peggy Donaldson Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
47 Mary M. Poling Electiondot.png Democratic 2000
48 Ron Fragale Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
48 Richard J. Iaquinta Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
48 Tim Miley Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
48 Danny Hamrick Ends.png Republican 2012
49 Mike Manypenny Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
50 Mike Caputo Electiondot.png Democratic 1996
50 Linda Longstreth Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
50 Tim Manchin Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
51 Anthony P. "Tony" Barill Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
51 Barbara Evans Fleischauer Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
51 Charlene Marshall Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
51 Cindy Frich Ends.png Republican 2012
51 Amanda Pasdon Ends.png Republican 2010
52 Larry Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 1992
53 Randy E. Smith Ends.png Republican 2012
54 Allen V. Evans Ends.png Republican 1990
55 Isaac Sponaugle Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
56 Gary G. Howell Ends.png Republican 2010
57 Ruth Rowan Ends.png Republican 2006
58 Daryl E. Cowles Ends.png Republican 2006
59 Larry D. Kump Ends.png Republican 2010
60 Larry W. Faircloth Ends.png Republican 2012
61 Jason Barrett Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
62 John Overington Ends.png Republican 1984
63 Michael Folk Ends.png Republican 2012
64 Eric L. Householder Ends.png Republican 2010
65 Tiffany Lawrence Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
66 Paul Espinosa Ends.png Republican 2012
67 Stephen Skinner Electiondot.png Democratic 2012

Standing committees

West Virginia
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House Committees

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Banking and InsuranceEducationEnergy
Enrolled BillsFinance
Government Organization Committee
Health and Human Resources
Industry and LaborInterstate Cooperation
JudiciaryPensions and Retirement
Political SubdivisionsRoads and Transportation
RulesSenior Citizen Issues Committee
Small Business Entrepreneurship
& Economic Development

Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security

Joint Committees
Senate Committees

The West Virginia House has 18 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, West Virginia
Partisan breakdown of the West Virginia legislature from 1992-2013

Throughout every year from 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the West Virginia State House of Representatives. The West Virginia House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. West Virginia was under Democratic trifectas for the final 13 years.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Senate and the West Virginia House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of West Virginia state government(1992-2013).PNG

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