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West Virginia House of Delegates

West Virginia House of Delegates
West Virginia Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 9, 2019[1]
Roger Hanshaw (R)
since August 29, 2018
Speaker pro tempore
Daryl Cowles (R)
since December 10, 2018
Majority Leader
Amy Summers (R)
since December 10, 2018
Minority Leader
Tim Miley (D)
since January 14, 2015
Composition of the West Virginia House of Delegates
Political groups
Majority (58)
  Republican (58)

Minority (41)

  Democratic (41)

Other (1)

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, West Virginia Constitution
Salary$20,000/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2018
(100 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(100 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
House of Delegates Chamber
West Virginia State Capitol
Charleston, West Virginia

The West Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the West Virginia Legislature. Only three states--Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia--refer to their lower house as the House of Delegates.


Regular sessions begin with an organizational day on the second Wednesday of January of each year.[2] The length of regular session is limited to 60 calendar days.[2] The governor can call for special sessions.[2]

Delegates are elected for terms of two years.[2]

Legislative process

Delegates submit bill proposals to the Office of Legislative Services or legislative staff counsel, who draft the bill.[3] Once the bill draft is approved by the delegate, it is submitted for introduction.[3] Bills then undergo committee review and three readings in the house of origin and then the other house of the state legislature.[3]

An unusual feature of the West Virginia legislative process is that revenue bills can originate in either house.[2] The state constitution also prohibits multiple subjects in a single bill.[2]

If approved by both the West Virginia House of Delegates and the West Virginia Senate, bills are submitted to the governor, who may sign them into law or veto them.[2] State legislators can override the governor's veto of bills with a simple majority vote of both houses, unless the bill is a revenue bill, in which case two-thirds of the members elected to each house are required to override the governor's veto or line-item veto.[2]



Affiliation (Elected) Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Other
81st Legislature (2012) 54 46 100 0
53 47[note 1] 100 0
82nd Legislature (2014) 36 64 100 0
83rd Legislature (2016) 36 63 100 1 (Independent)
36 64[note 2] 100 0
84th Legislature (2018) 41 59 100 0
41 58[note 3] 100 1 (Independent)
Latest voting share 41% 59%
  1. ^ Ryan Ferns (District 3) changed party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.
  2. ^ Rupert Phillips (District 24) changed party affiliation from Democratic to Independent to Republican.
  3. ^ Marshall Wilson (District 60) changed party affiliation from Republican to Independent

District organization

Prior to the 1970 Census, districts always respected county lines, with districts always consisting of either a single entire county, or several entire counties. Beginning with that year, the state began to use smaller geographic areas.

The 2000 House of Delegates' districting system divided the state into 58 districts that elected a varying number of members. The majority of districts, 35, were single-member districts. 23 districts were multi-member districts, varying from two to seven (the 30th District in Kanawha County) delegates.

In response to the 2010 Census, the Legislature again was required to redistrict. The Republican Party, and groups from the growing eastern panhandle and Putnam County were among those calling for 100 single member districts. Eventually redistricting was adopted by House Bill 201, which divided the state into 67 districts, of which 47 are one-member districts, 11 two-member districts, 6 three-member districts, 2 four-member districts, and 1 five-member district. The old 30th District was abolished; however, the five-member district, covering most of Monongalia County, remains among the ten largest multi-member lower house districts in the country. These changes took effect with the 2012 election cycle. The state Supreme Court rejected legal challenges and no federal challenge was filed.


The Speaker of the House is selected by its members. In contrast to the tradition of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker must vote unless excused. The House rules state that in some cases, he or she is not required to vote unless the House is equally divided, or unless his or her vote, if given to the minority, will make the division equal. In the latter case, the question is lost.


Current party leadership

Current members

District Senator Party Serving
Residence Counties represented[4]
1 Pat McGeehan Republican 2014 Chester Brooke (part), Hancock
Randy Swartzmiller Democratic 2018 Chester
2 Phil Diserio Democratic 2016 Follansbee Brooke (part), Ohio (part)
3 Shawn Fluharty Democratic 2014 Wheeling Ohio (part)
Erikka Lynn Storch Republican 2010 Wheeling
4 Joe Canestraro Democratic 2016 Benwood Marshall
Lisa Zukoff Democratic 2018 Moundsville
5 Dave Pethtel Democratic 1998 Burton Monongalia (part), Wetzel
6 David Kelly Republican 2018 Sistersville Doddridge, Pleasants (part), Tyler
7 Trenton Barnhart Republican 2019 St. Marys Pleasants (part), Ritchie
8 Bill Anderson Republican 1992 Williamstown Wood (part)
9 Chuck Little Republican 2019 Davisville Wirt, Wood (part)
10 Tom Azinger Republican 2018 Vienna Wood (part)
Vernon Criss Republican 2016 Parkersburg
John R. Kelly Republican 2014 Parkersburg
11 Martin Atkinson III Republican 2015 Reedy Jackson (part), Roane (part)
12 Steve Westfall Republican 2012 Ripley Jackson (part)
13 Scott Cadle Republican 2018 Letart Jackson (part), Mason (part), Putnam (part)
Joshua Higginbotham Republican 2016 Poca
14 Jim Butler Republican 2012 Gallipolis Ferry Mason (part), Putnam (part)
15 Geoff Foster Republican 2014 Winfield Putnam (part)
16 Sean Hornbuckle Democratic 2014 Huntington Cabell (part), Lincoln (part)
Daniel Linville Republican 2018 Milton
John Mandt Republican 2018 Huntington
17 Chad Lovejoy Democratic 2016 Huntington Cabell (part), Wayne (part)
Matthew Rohrbach Republican 2014 Huntington
18 Evan Worrell Republican 2018 Barboursville Cabell (part)
19 Kenneth Hicks Democratic 2014 Kenova Wayne (part)
Robert Thompson Democratic 2016 Wayne
20 Nathan Brown Democratic 2018 Williamson Logan (part), Mingo (part)
21 Mark Dean Republican 2016 Gilbert McDowell (part), Mingo (part), Wyoming (part)
22 Joe Jeffries Republican 2018 Culloden Boone (part), Lincoln (part), Logan (part), Putnam (part)
Zack Maynard Republican 2016 Harts
23 Rodney Miller Democratic 2016 Madison Boone (part)
24 Ralph Rodighiero Democratic 2014 Logan Boone (part), Logan (part), Wyoming (part)
Tim Tomblin Democratic 2018 Logan
25 Tony Paynter Republican 2016 Hanover McDowell (part), Mercer (part), Wyoming (part)
26 Ed Evans Democratic 2016 Welch McDowell (part), Mercer (part)
27 Joe Ellington Republican 2010 Princeton Mercer (part), Raleigh (part)
Eric Porterfield Republican 2018 Princeton
John Shott Republican 2012 Bluefield
28 Roy Cooper Republican 2012 Wayside Monroe (part), Raleigh (part), Summers (part)
Jeffrey Pack Republican 2018 Cool Ridge
29 Brandon Steele Republican 2018 Beckley Raleigh (part)
30 Mick Bates Democratic 2014 Beckley Raleigh (part)
31 Chris Toney Republican 2018 Beckley Raleigh (part), Wyoming (part)
32 Tom Fast Republican 2014 Fayetteville Clay (part), Fayette, Kanawha (part), Nicholas (part), Raleigh (part)
Kayla Kessinger Republican 2014 Mt. Hope
Margaret Anne Staggers Democratic 2018 Fayetteville
33 Roger Hanshaw Republican 2014 Wallback Calhoun, Clay (part), Gilmer (part)
34 Brent Boggs Democratic 1996 Gassaway Braxton, Gilmer (part)
35 Andrew Byrd Democratic 2014 South Charleston Kanawha (part)
Moore Capito Republican 2016 Charleston
Eric Nelson Republican 2010 Charleston
Doug Skaff Democratic 2018 South Charleston
36 Amanda Estep-Burton Democratic 2018 Charleston Kanawha (part)
Andrew Robinson Democratic 2016 Charleston
Larry Rowe Democratic 2014 Malden
37 Mike Pushkin Democratic 2014 Charleston Kanawha (part)
38 Dianna Graves Republican 2017 Cross Lanes Kanawha (part), Putnam (part)
39 T. Kevan Bartlett Republican 2019 Sissonville Kanawha (part)
40 Dean Jeffries Republican 2018 Elkview Kanawha (part)
41 Jordan Hill Republican 2014 Summersville Greenbrier (part), Nicholas (part)
42 Jeff Campbell Democratic 2017 Lewisburg Greenbrier (part), Monroe (part), Summers (part)
Cindy Lavender-Bowe Democratic 2018 Lewisburg
43 William Hartman Democratic 2002 Elkins Pocahontas, Randolph (part)
Cody Thompson Democratic 2018 Elkins
44 Caleb Hanna Republican 2018 Fenwick Nicholas (part), Randolph (part), Upshur (part), Webster
45 Carl Martin Republican 2018 Buckhannon Upshur (part)
46 Patrick S. Martin Republican 2016 Weston Lewis, Upshur (part)
47 Chris Phillips Republican 2018 Buckhannon Barbour, Tucker (part)
48 Danny Hamrick Republican 2012 Lost Creek Harrison, Taylor (part)
Tim Miley Democratic 2004 Bridgeport
Ben Queen Republican 2016 Bridgeport
Terry Waxman Republican 2018 Bridgeport
49 Amy Summers Republican 2014 Flemington Marion (part), Monongalia (part), Taylor (part)
50 Michael Angelucci Democratic 2018 Farmington Marion (part)
Mike Caputo Democratic 1996 Rivesville
Linda Longstreth Democratic 2004 Fairmont
51 Barbara Fleischauer Democratic 2006 Morgantown Monongalia (part)
Evan Hansen Democratic 2018 Morgantown
Rodney Pyles Democratic 2016 Morgantown
Danielle Walker Democratic 2018 Morgantown
John Williams Democratic 2016 Morgantown
52 Terri Funk Sypolt Republican 2016 Kingwood Preston (part)
53 D. Rolland Jennings Republican 2017 Thornton Preston (part), Tucker (part)
54 John Paul Hott Republican 2018 Petersburg Grant, Mineral (part), Pendleton (part)
55 Isaac Sponaugle Democratic 2012 Franklin Hardy, Pendleton (part)
56 Gary Howell Republican 2010 Keyser Mineral (part)
57 Ruth Rowan Republican 2004 Points Hampshire (part), Mineral (part)
58 Daryl Cowles Republican 2006 Berkeley Springs Hampshire (part), Morgan (part)
59 Larry Kump Republican 2018 Falling Waters Berkeley (part), Morgan (part)
60 S. Marshall Wilson Independent 2016 Hedgesville Berkeley (part)
61 Jason Barrett Democratic 2016 Martinsburg Berkeley (part)
62 Tom Bibby Republican 2018 Falling Waters Berkeley (part)
63 John Hardy Republican 2018 Shepherdstown Berkeley (part)
64 Eric Householder Republican 2010 Martinsburg Berkeley (part)
65 Sammi Brown Democratic 2018 Charles Town Jefferson (part)
66 Paul Espinosa Republican 2012 Charles Town Jefferson (part)
67 John Doyle Democratic 2018 Shepherdstown Jefferson (part)

See also


  1. ^ "West Virginia Legislature". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h West Virginia Constitution, West Virginia Legislature (accessed May 29, 2013)
  3. ^ a b c How a Bill Becomes Law, West Virginia State Legislature (accessed May 29, 2013)
  4. ^ "Senate District Maps - 2010 Plan". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved 2016.

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