Strengthening our Cybersecurity

Last Thursday, I hosted a forum with industry and government experts to focus on cybersecurity issues. Cybersecurity is vital not just to prevent personal information from being stolen, but also to protect our energy infrastructure and businesses.

The forum hosted experts such as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice Joseph Klimavicz, who expanded on the hundreds of thousands of devices that require secure servers and technology. Threats to our cyberspace come not only from nation states, but also from cyber criminals and politically motivated “hacktivists.” To defend our cyber space, we need to address critical gaps in our infrastructure and train a whole generation of professionals to meet this threat.

Jobs in the cyber security sector are expected to grow over the coming decades and West Virginia is poised take advantage of jobs in the high tech sector. Strategically located near out nation’s capital, West Virginia is home to world class universities and research facilities capable of providing assistance to both government and the private sector.

Strengthening our cyber security has been a top priority of my office and it was an honor to host this meeting. It is my hope, that this forum will help to raise awareness for this critical issue and will highlight cyber security as a growing field for West Virginians.

Read more about the forum by following these links; http://bit.ly/2bWgnZP, http://bit.ly/2cfSlgJ, http://bit.ly/2c2u78p.


Keeping up with Constituents

The August work period allows Members of Congress to return to their Districts for an extended period to meet with constituents. It’s been a packed few weeks, as my staff and I have travelled across the First District to hear your opinions.

Over the past two weeks, my office has held roundtables with First Responders, bankers, and real estate agents, business leaders, and unions to learn about specific issues facing their professions and how Congress can help. Meetings like these have led to legislative solutions to many of these issues, including my bill H.R. 343, which will provide tax breaks for volunteer firefighters to improve recruitment and retention for rural communities.

Staff members from my DC office were also able to make it out to the First District to meet constituents and get a better understanding of the many issues facing our state. Some of my staff travelled down into a coal mine outside Fairmont to see firsthand the hard work our coal miners do to keep the lights on. It was also an opportunity for them to hear from coal miners and see just how hard government regulations are hitting coal miners and their families.

As the summer session winds down and we return to Washington, I’ll be sure to take back what I’ve heard in the District and ensure West Virginia priorities are addressed as Congress reviews this year’s budget.


Forging a Better Way

I’ve spoken with you before about Speaker Ryan’s Better Way platform. This Republican led initiative introduces bold new strategies on five critical issues: lifting citizens out of poverty, National Security issues, strengthening our economy, restoring Constitutional authority, improving health care, and reforming our tax code.

We’ve been discussing the better way plan everywhere we go in the First District. This agenda allows members of Congress an unprecedented voice in crafting legislation that will shape our nation for the better. I was proud to offer suggestions on each one of these topics and look forward to seeing these pro-West Virginia policies included in the final legislation. To learn more about A Better Way and view task force reports, follow this link.


Mountaineers in Rio

The Rio Olympics ended on Sunday night with America gathering a whopping 46 gold medals and 121 overall. These medals helped to push the United States to 2802 all time medals, more than the next two ranking countries combined!

While superstars like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles added to our medal count, it was WVU student Ginny Thrasher who took home the first gold medal of the games in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle.   Two other WVU alumni competed for their home country Italy during the Olympics, with one taking home the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle.

Speaking of Mountaineers, this season marks the 125th anniversary of WVU football. I’m looking forward to our first home game against the Missouri Tigers on September 3rd. My wife, Mary, and I hope to see you there. Let’s go, Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!


David B. McKinley, P.E.

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