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Working in the First Congressional District

It was another busy week, traveling around the district and meeting with constituents. It was a privilege to present a long overdue Purple Heart to a soldier who served in Vietnam, recognize a future Naval Cadet, and even attend a Wheeling Nailers hockey game.

Spending time back home in West Virginia allows me to speak directly with the people of our district and listen to your concerns.  Hearing and meeting with other West Virginians is one of the best parts of being a member of the House and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months.

McKinley Honors Vietnam Veteran

On Wednesday, it was a great honor to present Edwin Mackey, a Vietnam Veteran, with a Purple Heart. Mr. Mackey was inducted into the Army in March 1967 and served as a Light Weapons Infantryman. In February 1968, Mackey sustained injuries in a battle after one of his fellow soldiers stepped on a land mine. It was an intense battle that left many others injured as well. Mackey did not receive a Purple Heart and was even denied several times after trying to establish eligibility for this special recognition.

Two years ago, his daughter Theresa became a fierce advocate on her father’s behalf and worked very closely with our district staff to provide proof of Mackey’s eligibility so he could receive the recognition he deserved. Finally, on March 23rd of this year, the Department of the Army awarded Mackey the Purple Heart. After almost 50 years, he was finally given this great honor in front of family and friends. It was a wonderful tribute to a man who put his country first. 

 

 

After the Purple Heart ceremony, I had a chance to meet with and congratulate Joey Minor, a young man who recently received Offer of Appointment to the Naval Academy for the Class of 2020. He will be reporting for duty at the end of this month. It was a very special afternoon.

To read more about Edwin Mackey and watch a news story about the award presentation, click here

 

Dropping the Puck at the Wheeling Nailers Game

The Wheeling Nailers have brought tremendous pride to my hometown of Wheeling as they compete in the Kelly Cup for the ECHL Championship. On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to join the captains at center ice and drop the ceremonial puck. Thousands of fans witnessed an exciting game and a 3-2 Nailers win! Best of luck to our hometown hockey team in the rest of the series! 

 

 

ICYMI: McKinley in the News – Chairing the Coal Caucus

As Chairman of the Coal Caucus, fighting for West Virginia’s coal miners and their families is one of my top priorities. For a strong economy, it is absolutely vital that coal remains a big part of America’s energy future. Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with Chris Coats, a reporter from S&P Global Energy, and discuss many of the goals of the Coal Caucus for the coming year. To read the article, click here

Looking ahead

Next Monday, I will be speaking at the Polymer Alliance Zone’s annual meeting to discuss several pieces of legislation, including the House’s recent update to the Toxic Substance Abuse Act, before returning to Washington for another busy week in session. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the week.  

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley

Washington, DC
412 Cannon HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202)225-4172 | Fax:(202)225-7564
Morgantown
709 Beechurst Ave.
Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.284.8506
Fax: 304-284-8505
Wheeling
Horne Building
1100 Main Street, Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone:(304)232-3801
Fax: 304-232-3813
Parkersburg
Federal Building
425 Juliana Street Suite 1004
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone:(304)422-5972
Fax: 304-422-5974