Child Poverty in West Virginia: An Issue Beyond Party Lines

Some of OCOF's legislative champions at this year’s Statewide Policy Summit at the Capitol.
Some of OCOF’s legislative champions at this year’s Statewide Policy Summit at the Capitol.

In West Virginia, Republicans and Democrats are working together toward the unifying goal of ending child poverty in this state.

The Our Children, Our Future campaign has been blessed with the commitment of our state’s leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Helping our working families, our most vulnerable children, our students, our educators and our health care workers is truly a nonpartisan issue. And that’s why since 2012, the Our Children, Our Future campaign has been blessed with the support and commitment of our state’s leaders on both sides of the aisle.

And we like to applaud our friends whenever we can! At this year’s Statewide Our Children, Our Future Policy Summit at the Capitol, we honored the dozens of legislators – from both parties – who have played a leadership role in our victories over the years.

Del. Eric Nelson-R
Sen. Robert Plymale-D
Del. Stephen Skinner-D
Del. Daryl Cowles-R
Sen. Chris Walters-R
Del. Don Perdue-D
Del. Amanda Pasdon-R
Del. Tim Miley-D
Sen. Jeff Kessler-D
Del. Nancy Guthrie-D
Del. Brent Boggs-D
Sen. Mike Hall-R
Del. John McCuskey-R
Sen. WIlliam Laird-D
Del. Linda Longstreth-D
Sen. Donna Boley-R
Del. Randy Smith-R
Del. Barbara Fleischauer-D
Sen. John Unger-D
Sen. Roman Prezioso-D
Sen. David Nohe-R
Sen. Daniel Hall-R
Del. Jill Upson-R
Sen. Dave Sypolt-R
Del. Mike Caputo-D
Del. Isaac Sponaugle-D
Del. Kelli Sobonya-R
Del. David Perry-D
Del. Jim Morgan-D
Sen. Bob Beach-D
Sen. Craig Blair-R
Sen. Kent Leonhardt-R
Del. Mike Ferro-D
Del. Shawn Fluharty-D
Sen. Ron Stollings-D
Del. Erikka Storch-R
Del. Gary Howell-R
Sen. Ryan Ferns-R
Del. Mike Pushkin-D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The diversity and breadth of this list is proof of what the Our Children, Our Future Campaign is all about: that we are going to need leadership from across the spectrum in order to reverse our child poverty crisis.

We are eager to see this list to grow over time, as we continue to fight for policy change across party lines. If you feel like one of your legislators is missing, please let us know who they are, and how they have played a leadership role in passing one of our 18 victories, including: raising wages for 127,000 working West Virginians, implementing a statewide strategy of child abuse prevention, providing 3 million more meals to hungry kids in schools, and passing juvenile justice reform that cuts government waste and gets more kids help, instead of incarceration.

The Our Children, Our Future campaign brings people together from both parties, and from all walks of life.

We asked Republican Senator Chris Walters why he has been such a strong supporter of the Our Children, Our Future campaign.

“The best legislation comes out of the Capitol when there are many voices involved,” he says. “Hearing from citizens helps us know what’s happening in their communities, and helps us be able to respond with legislation that addresses their hopes and concerns.”

And this is what Democratic Delegate Barbara Fleischauer had to say.

“I am proud to work with the Our Children, Our Future Campaign, because I want West Virginia to be the state that puts kids first. In order to knock our state off the top of the bad lists, it makes sense to prioritize our children’s health, schooling, nutrition, exercise and job readiness. The Our Children, Our Future campaign brings people together from both parties, and from all walks of life to focus our efforts on our children.”

That’s something we all agree on. We thank and applaud so many West Virginia Republicans and Democrats (and independents) for their commitment to ending child poverty, regardless of the politics.

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