Bill Hamilton, Republican, 39th District, is seeking re-election to the West Virginia House of Delegates. Hamilton has served in the West Virginia Legislature since 2003.
Hamilton currently serves on the following legislative committees: House Judiciary; Energy, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business; Senior Citizens Issues; and Natural Resources, of which he serves as minority vice chairman.
Reflecting back on the past eight years in office, Hamilton said the Legislature has tackled some high-profile issues in an effort to improve the quality of life and the business environment in West Virginia. Among those issues are medical malpractice reform, insurance reform, tort reform, ethics reform, consumer protection, ATV safety, measures to protect children from child abuse, workers' compensation reform, privatization of the workers' compensation system, education initiatives such as the PROMISE Scholarship, lowering the sales tax on food and franchise and corporate tax reductions for business.
When asked about his bid for re-election, Hamilton said his goals remain the same as they were eight years ago.
"I want to continue actively working for the betterment of the people and businesses of West Virginia, remain fair and unbiased, keep the residents of the 39th District informed and to continually seek their input on issues," he said. "I thoroughly enjoy meeting with constituents, discussing the issues and working for the people in Upshur County and throughout the state."
Hamilton said he would like to see Upshur County have a one-delegate district; currently, there are three districts in the county. He also said that he will continue to actively work with the governor and other legislators to help grow businesses and to encourage new businesses in West Virginia - responsible businesses who realize the value of employees and will treat the land and people of the state with respect.
"We have made much progress in the last eight years and, as has been pointed out in the media, West Virginia was in a better position going into the economic downturn than most states," Hamilton said. "We did not experience the mass budget deficits that most states saw in the past year because we used our revenue surpluses to pay down our debts in order to get our state in a better financial position. However, 2010 and beyond will present more challenges.
"I am committed to continue working with other legislators to help struggling West Virginia businesses get back on their feet, encourage new business startups and educate and train our workforce so our people can get back to work," he said. "In order to reach these goals, there is much work ahead in future legislative sessions. It is imperative, especially during these times of economic downturn and with the process of redistricting next year, that we maintain a level of experienced and capable representation within the House of Delegates.
"When it comes to decision making, I feel certain my tenure and rapport with other legislators is very beneficial to Upshur County," he said.
Hamilton, a native of Buckhannon, has been active in many community organizations throughout his life.
He and his wife, Sue, have three children and four grandchildren. He owns and operates Loudin Insurance Agency Inc. in Buckhannon.