WV GOP elects first woman as House Majority Leader

West Virginia

GOP House Speaker Roger Hanshaw announced the appointment of several leaders to the 84th Legislature, and one position breaking down barriers.

Delegate Amy Summers of Taylor County has been selected by Hanshaw as the new Majority Leader. This marks history as Summers is now the first woman WV GOP majority leader in history.

Summers joined the House of Delegates in 2014. She’s a registered nurse who works in the emergency department and also owns a cattle farm.

Her love for public affairs began when she was little. Her father was the mayor of her hometown and recalls always being aware of what was going on locally because of him. After she raised her three children, she wanted to do more with her life and that’s why she decided to run for the House.

Within those four years of service, she channeled her personal interests to the Health & Human Resources Committee and Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Summers said this is an exciting time as women become involved in things and receiving that recognition for their abilities.

“[What] women can do is that they have different issues that effect their life and so now bringing those issues forward, we’re also great multi-taskers and we can do many things at once because we’re used to working, raising our children, doing many things at once and it’s an asset in the political arena because you need to be doing many many different things, assisting your constituents, a lot of different people at one time, so that’s one of our good traits,” said Summers.

Summers said she’s excited and eager to work across the aisle and some Democrats feel the same.

Newly-elected Delegate, Doug Skaff Jr. (D) Kanawha, has been in the House of Delegates before. He took a four-year break and is back and ready for the challenges that await.

“I’m really excited to get back, it’s hard work, times are tough right now, we got to take care of all West Virginians, we got to put our economy first, we got to help our kids, we have to continue to educate them and move education forward, take care of our women’s rights and issues to advance their initiatives here in West Virginia and I’m really excited with the new majority leader who will be able to do so,” said Skaff.

Along with the announcement of Summers, Speaker Hanshaw announced the appointment of Delegate Kayla Kessinger (R) Fayette as the new assistant majority leader and Delegate Paul Espinosa (R) Jefferson as the new majority whip.

The new legislative session begins January 9th, 2019 and committee assortment will begin within the remaining weeks.

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