Clark Barnes

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Clark Barnes
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2012
Serving with Gregory Tucker
Preceded by William R. Laird IV
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 15th district
In office
December 1, 2004 – December 1, 2012
Preceded by Mike Ross
Succeeded by Craig Blair
Personal details
Born (1950-08-06) August 6, 1950 (age 63)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deborah
Children Thadeus
Erickson
Elizabeth
Rachel
Residence Montrose, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Davis & Elkins College (A.A.S.)
West Virginia University (B.A.)
Pensacola Christian College (M.A.)
Religion Christian

Clark S. Barnes (born August 6, 1950) is a member of the West Virginia Senate, representing District 15 as a Republican. Originally elected in 2004, Barnes was reelected to the Senate’s District 15 in 2008. He ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11.

Political career[edit]

Barnes was elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 2004, defeating then 12-year incumbent Mike Ross in a close race that concluded after two vote recounts. In 2006, the junior Republican was selected to serve as Minority Whip in the senate. Senator Barnes was reelected for a second term in 2008. There was no controversy in the race as Sen. Barnes defeated the same opponent, Ross, by several thousand votes.

Barnes serves on the following committees: West Virginia State Legislature Economic Development Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Education Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Government Operations Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Judiciary Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Committee, West Virginia State Senate Enrolled Bills Committee, West Virginia State Senate Labor Committee, West Virginia State Senate Natural Resources Committee, West Virginia State Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

In 2011, Barnes ran for Governor of West Virginia in a special election, placing third in the primary.

Barnes is ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11. Barnes ran unopposed in the May 8, 2012, primary election and was challenged by Margaret Kerr Beckwith in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

History[edit]

The son of a Baptist minister, Barnes spent his younger years in the Northview section of Clarksburg and is the grandson of Erna and Cora Barnes. His family later moved to Paden City, in the Ohio valley, where he graduated from Paden City High School. Barnes served as an enlisted Soldier with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1973 to 1976, including an assignment as a Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Non-Commissioned Officer.

Barnes attended Northern Virginia Community College before enrolling at Davis & Elkins College, located In Elkins, WV. Barnes earned AAS in Business Administration from Davis & Elkins College. He then earned his BA while attending West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, WV. Finally, Barnes earned his MS from Pensacola Christian College.

He married his wife, Deborah, in 1972, and has four children: Thad, Erick, Elizabeth, and Rachel.

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