Delegate Bill Hartman of Elkins is seeking re-election for the 37th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Hartman was first elected to the House in 2002.
He has served on the House Education, Judiciary, Government Organization, Banking and Insurance, Industry and Small Business, Political Subdivision, Roads and Transportation committees. He serves as vice chairman of the Forest Management Review Commission. During his tenure in the Legislature, he has participated in medical malpractice reform, reorganization and privatization of workers' compensation, tort reform and pension reform.
According to Hartman, "These reforms are some of the most important changes in the state government in recent years. As a result of these reforms, the state has become more competitive and more attractive to new business development."
Hartman said he believes that the state must continue to address the many liabilities that exist with pension debts that it has assumed over the years.
"If these issues are not addressed very soon, the state will be in serious financial condition in the very near future," he said. "We must make some decisions to alter the liberal approach of the past."
Hartman is the chairman of the Rural Caucus of the House. The caucus represents the interest of rural West Virginia and the issues that affect those areas. He was chosen to serve as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Government. The committee deals with a wide range of issues across the region and the country on rural issues.
Hartman serves as a board member of Davis Trust Co., Davis Memorial Hospital, Randolph County Development Authority, Mountain State Forest Festival Association, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Elkins Mountain School. He is the past president of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mountain State Forest Festival Association, Professional Independent Agents of West Virginia and Elkins Kiwanis.
He was a founding member and the chairman of the Coalition for Corridor H. The efforts of that organization are responsible for the continued construction of this most important highway to this part of the state, he said.
He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, West Virginia Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion Post 29 and the Association of the United States Army. He is retired from the West Virginia National Guard with 32 years service as a field artillery officer. He is a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1956 and West Virginia University.
In 1992, Hartman was named Citizen of the Year by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Businessman of the Year by Beta Alpha Beta of Davis & Elkins College. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Highland District of the Boy Scouts of America. Hartman was designated a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Gaston Caperton for his work in support of Corridor H.
Hartman says, "We must ensure that the state does not create any additional debt. Although we have been fortunate that the state has been in a positive financial posture while other states are struggling, our future revenues may not continue to be as strong over the next few years. We have legacy debt that has been created over the years that must be dealt with. We must address this debt out of respect for our grandchildren. The continued improvement of our business climate is most important if new job opportunities are to become available. We must make state government more responsive, as citizens attempt to navigate the labyrinth that our government has become."
He and his wife, Mary, owned and operated Hartman Insurance Agency for 25 years, having retired in 2000. They have one daughter, Dr. Holly Hartman-Adams and son-in-law, Ray Adams, and grandson, Bryce Adams of Morgantown.