Delegate William "Bill" Hartman, D-37th District, has been selected as a Best of the Region honoree as Politician of the Year in this year's Readers' Choice Survey.
"I really appreciate the confidence people place in me," Hartman said. "I try to serve the people and not special interest. We live in a crazy time politically. A lot of people are not happy, and I appreciate being selected for this."
Hartman was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002. He is an Elkins native and represents Randolph and Pocahontas counties. During his tenure in the Legislature, he has served on the Education, Judiciary, Government Organization, Bank and Insurance, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business, and Roads and Transportation committees.
Hartman is active in his local community. He has served as a board member of Davis Health System, Davis Trust Co., Randolph County Development Authority, Mountain State Forest Festival Association, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and the West Virginia Railroad Museum. He was a founding member of the Coalition for Corridor H and is serving as chairman of that organization. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, Elkins Kiwanis Club, Randolph County Farm Bureau, West Virginia Forestry Association, National Rifle Association and the advisory board of the 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 Insurance Agents of West Virginia and Elkins Kiwanis Club.
He and his wife, Mary, owned and operated Hartman Insurance Agency for more than 20 years, retiring in 2000. They have one daughter, Dr. Holly Hartman-Adams, and husband, Ray, of Morgantown, and one grandson, Bryce Adams.