A Productive Week

It was a solid week as my staff and I held 20 meetings across five counties in the First District. We’ve met with community leaders, local business owners, and citizens to hear their concerns and find solutions to the many issues facing West Virginians. To name a few:

  •  A trip to Moundsville to discuss legislative matters with Marshall County Commissioners and other elected officials.
  •  A tour of Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg. This proud family owned business has been supplying safety cans and other material handling products for over 100 years.
  •  A Senior Citizens Roundtable discussing issues such as the Older Americans Act and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Being accessible to West Virginians is a key goal of my office and I urge all of you to feel free to contact me to schedule a meeting or voice your concerns. You can find the contact information for my office located at the bottom of this message.

Honoring Those Who Have Served

This Veterans Day, I had the honor of attending a memorial dedication for former State Senator John Chernenko. Senator Chernenko served during World War II and was amongst the first wave of soldiers to land on Omaha Beach during D-Day. During the Battle of the Bulge his unit was captured and Senator Chernenko was sent to a prison camp until his liberation. Coming back to West Virginia, John continued to serve his community and left an indelible mark on the First District.

Each Veterans Day, I am reminded of the sacrifices individuals like John have made to preserve our freedom and way of life. This Veterans Day, we salute the 170,000 veterans throughout West Virginia,as well as those serving on active duty, and thank them for their service to this nation. If you, or someone you know, is a veteran and is in need of help please do not hesitate to contact my office – we are standing by to help

Addressing West Virginian’s Future

On Thursday, I hosted a Town Hall in Fairmont focusing on energy issues and economic diversification in West Virginia. The Mountain State is at a crossroad as we face increased federal regulations under President Obama’s “War on Coal” that threaten industries that are the historical backbone of our state’s economy. We can, and must, fight back against these regulations to preserve the livelihoods of thousands of West Virginians and ensure affordable and reliable energy production.

At the same time, we must double our efforts to diversify West Virginian’s economy to ensure it remains strong in the face of these regulatory attacks. Institutions of higher education such as WVU and Fairmont state are poised to provide world class research to industries throughout the United States. In addition, federal agencies, such as the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, are important areas of growth for our states economy. Other agencies, such as the National Energy Technology Laboratory focus on research to improve on coal and natural gas production, ensuring they remain an important part of West Virginia’s economic future.

Have a Great Weekend!


-David McKinley

Washington, DC
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