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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4172

Address: 412 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (304) 284-8506

Address: 709 Beechurst Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505-4689

Parkersburg WV

Phone: (304) 422-5972

Address: 425 Juliana Street, Parkersburg WV 26101-5323

Wheeling WV

Phone: (304) 232-3801

Fax: (304) 232-3813

Address: 1100 Main Street, Wheeling WV 26003-2737

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David McKinley Committees
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David McKinley Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: West Virginia 1
  • Born: Mar. 28, 1947, Wheeling
  • Home: Wheeling
  • Education:

    Purdue U., B.S. 1969.

  • Professional Career:

    Principal, McKinley & Assoc., 1981-2010; Chair, WV GOP, 1990-94.

  • Political Career:

    WV House, 1980-94.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Episcopalian

  • Family: Married (Mary); 4 children

Republican David McKinley captured his seat for the GOP in 2010 after it had been in Democratic hands for 40 years. McKinley is a coal-championing centrist along the lines of his home-state GOP colleague Shelley Moore Capito, but he shows more independence from the party on big issues. Read More

Republican David McKinley captured his seat for the GOP in 2010 after it had been in Democratic hands for 40 years. McKinley is a coal-championing centrist along the lines of his home-state GOP colleague Shelley Moore Capito, but he shows more independence from the party on big issues.

McKinley is a seventh-generation native of Wheeling. McKinley’s great-grandfather ran for West Virginia governor as a Democrat in 1908. He was one of five boys, and his father was a civil engineer who taught him to read blueprints when he was in third grade. He majored in civil engineering at Purdue University. To pay for room and board, McKinley worked in the kitchens of a sorority and a fraternity. After graduating, he married his high school girlfriend. They had three children but divorced in 1979. He married his second wife, a critical care nurse, in 1981, and they had one child together. After college, McKinley worked for several engineering and construction companies until 1981, when he founded his own firm, McKinley & Associates, which restores historic properties and does other construction work. McKinley has suffered from hearing loss since his 20s; today he is deaf in one ear and has only partial hearing in the other.

After he won a seat in West Virginia’s House of Delegates in 1981, McKinley pushed for a bill to allow school and prison cafeterias to donate unused food to homeless shelters, and authored a law that prohibits insurance companies from canceling policies of people diagnosed with HIV. Although in his campaign McKinley called for repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, he supported the provision that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions. He retired from the legislature in 1994 and ran for governor in 1996. He lost the primary to Cecil Underwood, who went on to win the general election.

In his bid for the House, McKinley had the backing of national Republicans in the primary and got 35% of the vote, defeating former state Sen. Sarah Minear and businessman Mac Warner. In the general election, he faced a strong opponent in state Sen. Mike Oliverio, who had toppled Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan in the primary after several newspaper accounts raised questions about whether Mollohan profited personally from business deals with people and nonprofit groups that got federal funds that he earmarked in appropriations bills.

McKinley’s ads labeled Oliverio as a “career politician” who supported “job-killing liberal Nancy Pelosi,” a reference to the then House speaker. McKinley emphasized his opposition to the Democrats’ energy bill that would limit carbon emissions, arguing that it would hurt West Virginia’s coal industry. But Oliverio also opposed the bill. Oliverio charged that McKinley got rich from government contracts even as he criticized government spending, citing federal economic stimulus money that McKinley’s architectural and engineering firm received to design a Marshall County school. Still, McKinley eked out a victory of 1,440 votes out of 179,880 cast, a split of 50.4% to 49.6%.

In Washington, McKinley was one of just a handful of Republicans in 2011 and 2012 to vote against Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s controversial budget blueprint, complaining that it did not adequately protect Medicare. And overall among Class of 2010 GOP members, only Illinois’ Robert Dold scored lower than McKinley on the anti-tax Club for Growth’s legislative scorecard in the 112th Congress (2011-12). He got a plum seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee and co-founded a Marcellus Shale Caucus to oppose regulation of drilling in the oil-rich area stretching along the East Coast.

McKinley’s chief cause has been fighting so-called “coal-ash” rules that affect such industries as concrete production and manufacturing of wallboard. He introduced a bill in 2011 to create an enforceable minimum standard for the regulation of coal ash by the states, allowing its use in a manner that he said would protect jobs. It passed the House but stalled in the Senate. When House Republicans sought in 2012 to add the measure to the surface transportation bill, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller—who earlier co-sponsored similar legislation— blocked the move, saying it would jeopardize the bill’s passage. McKinley told The Charleston Gazette he was “frankly shocked” at Rockefeller’s decision, but Rockefeller prevailed.

Serving on Energy and Commerce has enabled McKinley to stockpile massive contributions from coal interests. In 2012, Democrat Susan Thorn raised just $188,000 to his $2.1 million, and he overpowered her, 62%-38%.

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David McKinley Election Results
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2012 General
David McKinley (R)
Votes: 133,809
Percent: 62.48%
Sue Thorn (D)
Votes: 80,342
Percent: 37.52%
2012 Primary
David McKinley (R)
Votes: 36,107
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (50%)
David McKinley Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 45 (L) : 54 (C) 43 (L) : 55 (C) 50 (L) : 50 (C)
Social 48 (L) : 50 (C) 51 (L) : 49 (C) 47 (L) : 52 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 42 (L) : 57 (C) 43 (L) : 54 (C)
Composite 37.8 (L) : 62.2 (C) 45.8 (L) : 54.2 (C) 47.3 (L) : 52.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV116
CFG3757
ITIC-58
NTU6465
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-0
ACU6468
ADA255
AFSCME29-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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