Working Hard in the First District

As West Virginians dug out of a record snowfall, my staff took to snow-covered roads to meet with the people of the First District. From Brooke and Hancock counties in the Northern Panhandle to Harrison County in the heart of the district, my staff and I were out meeting with constituents and small businesses. Listening to your concerns and comments helps to form the foundation of legislation that has the potential to positively shape our state and our nation.

Our caseworkers have been busy as well. They have tallied an impressive 4,099 completed cases since coming to office in 2011. We’ve helped thousands of veterans, seniors, and other citizens navigate the bureaucracy of the federal government and find solutions to their issues. If you, or anyone you know, needs help with a federal agency please contact my office.

Standing Up for Coal

This Thursday, I spoke at the West Virginia Coal Mining symposium in Charleston alongside fellow West Virginia Representatives Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins. At this event, I gave a speech highlighting the troublesome changes West Virginia has endured over the past seven years of the Obama Administration.

When it comes to coal, this President has not governed by law, but rather through vetoes, executive orders, and rules and regulations. During his time in office, President Obama has instituted over 1500 regulations to discourage the use of coal in America. These regulations have strangled West Virginia’s economy leaving families and small business struggling and demoralized.

Stopping these burdensome rules and regulations coming from the Oval Office is the most important step in reviving the economy of the Mountain state. While change may not come overnight, the changing tides in this country and the world could bolster our nation’s usage of coal. President Obama’s executive orders are not permanent and all it takes a Republican president to turn back and repeal these regulations, food for thought when heading to the polls. In addition, as the world economy continues to expand, there is a hunger for coal in growing economies like India and China. As the most efficient and reliable form of energy production, we can ill afford to take a step back and constrain our economic growth. As chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that coal will continue to play an integral role in West Virginia’s and our nation’s economy.

Mountaineers Bounce Back.

After a tough loss to the Texas Longhorns, the Mountaineers responded this week with wins against Texas Tech and Kansas State. After trailing by 76 - 72 with  1:10 left in the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, West Virginia went on an 8-0 run to clinch the victory 80 – 76. Tarik Phillip scored 20 points, included the team’s final eight points. Phillip said the team new this was a “must win” game after losing the previous two and in the end did what they needed to win.

On Tuesday, the Mountaineers welcomed the Kansas State Wildcats to Morgantown. West Virginia took the lead early and went on to win 70 – 55. Senior forward Jonathan Holton recorded his second double-double in three games with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Strong bench play again played an integral part adding 30 points for the Mountaineers. Two questionable technical fouls were called against West Virginia but that wasn’t going to stop the Mountaineers from taking care of business. WVU looks to be back on track and is currently the ninth ranked team in the country.

Running to Rio

On Saturday February 13, Clara Grandt Santucci  will step up to the starting line of a marathon, something she has done many times before, but this is one is different. This marathon, held in Los Angeles, is for the chance to represent Team USA at the Rio Olympic Games this summer. In 2012 she just missed out on a spot on the team after finishing 7th at the marathon trials. She served as an alternate but ultimately did not get to travel with the team.

Before becoming one of the best marathoners in the country, Clara grew up in Doddridge, West Virginia. From a young age, Clara was captivated by the Olympic Games and set her sights on one day competing in them. Growing up in rural Doddridge County, She began running competitively in the 7th grade, became a stand-out runner in high school, and went on to be an All-American at West Virginia University. To this day, she still trains with her coach from WVU, Sean Cleary. Clara is a great representative for West Virginia and would be a great representative for the USA in Rio.

Have a great weekend!


- David

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