Almanac A members-only database of searchable profiles compiled and adapted from the Almanac of American Politics

Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: March 28, 1947, Wheeling

Home: Wheeling

Education: Purdue U., B.S. 1969.

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

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.

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%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4172

(202) 225-7564

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 412
Washington, DC 20515-4801

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-4172

(202) 225-7564

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 412
Washington, DC 20515-4801

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 284-8506

709 Beechurst Avenue Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505-4689

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 284-8506

(304) 284-8505

709 Beechurst Avenue Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26505

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 422-5972

(304) 422-5974

Federal Building Suite 1004
Parkersburg, WV 26101

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 422-5972

(304) 422-5974

Federal Building Suite 1004
Parkersburg, WV 26101

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 232-3801

(304) 232-3813

Home Building Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003-2737

DISTRICT OFFICE

(304) 232-3801

(304) 232-3813

Home Building Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003-2737

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(304) 873-4167

23 Stamm Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

23 Stamm Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Agriculture

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Edward Jenkins
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Aide

Animal Rights

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Arts

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Budget

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Disaster

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Education

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Energy

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Environment

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Family

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Finance

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Edward Jenkins
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Aide

Gun Issues

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Health

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Edward Jenkins
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Aide

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Housing

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Edward Jenkins
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Aide

Human Rights

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Labor

Mike Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Military

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Public Works

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Religion

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Science

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Seniors

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Social Security

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Tax

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Technology

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Trade

Mike Hamilton
Chief of Staff

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Blake Deeley
Legislative Assistant

Edward Jenkins
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Aide

Veterans

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Welfare

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Women

Octavian Jordan
Legislative Assistant

Margie Almanza
Legislative Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
David McKinley
Votes: 133,809
Percent: 62.48%
Sue Thorn
Votes: 80,342
Percent: 37.52%
2012 PRIMARY
David McKinley
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
David McKinley
Votes: 90,660
Percent: 50.4%
Michael Oliverio
Votes: 89,220
Percent: 49.6%
2010 PRIMARY
David McKinley
Votes: 14,783
Percent: 34.86%
Andrew Warner
Votes: 11,353
Percent: 26.77%
Sarah Minear
Votes: 8,994
Percent: 21.21%
Thomas Stark
Votes: 3,636
Percent: 8.57%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (50%)

To order a print copy of the 2016 edition of the Almanac of American Politics, click here. For questions about print orders, call Columbia Books at 1-888-265-0600 ext 0266 or email customer service.

For questions about the digital Almanac, please contact your Dedicated Advisor or Membership@NationalJournal.com.

×