Margaret Anne Staggers
|Margaret Anne Staggers|
|Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 29th district
2007 – present
Serving with David Perry and
|Preceded by||Tom Louisos|
January 12, 1945 |
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, St. Mary's County, Maryland, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Hawey Aldophus Wells, Jr.
Robert Alexander Underwood
|Relations||Harley Orrin Staggers, Sr. (father)
Harley Orrin Staggers, Jr. (brother)
|Children||Hawey Aldophus Wells III
Mary Casey Staggers Wells
Sherry Underwood Cain
|Residence||Fayetteville, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Alma mater||West Virginia University School of Medicine (M.D.)|
|Profession||Emergency physician, paramedic.|
Margaret Anne "Peggy" Staggers (born January 12, 1945) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and is currently serving as an Assistant Majority Whip. Staggers is an emergency physician, paramedic.
Early life and education
Staggers was born on January 12, 1945 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland and was the eldest child and daughter of Harley Orrin Staggers, Sr. (August 3, 1907 – August 20, 1991) and his wife Mary Casey Staggers. At the time of her birth, Staggers' father was serving as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Air Corps in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. In 1948, Staggers' father was elected a member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district where he served until 1981.
Staggers is an emergency room physician practicing at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia. In addition to her emergency medicine practice, Staggers serves as the medical director of multiple emergency medical services and emergency operations centers in Fayette, Wyoming, Raleigh, and Boone counties in West Virginia.
Staggers briefly considered retiring from emergency medicine at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a July 7, 2011 incident in which an elderly female patient attacked Staggers as she attempted to provide aid to the woman. The elderly patient scratched Staggers' face, drawing blood. Staggers returned to her legislative duties in Charleston the week after the attack.
In 1978, Staggers served as a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City where she voted to nominate United States Senator Robert Byrd as the Democratic candidate for the 1976 United States presidential election.
West Virginia House of Delegates tenure
Staggers was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 29th district representing Fayette County, West Virginia in 2006. She is currently serving as an Assistant Majority Whip, vice-chairperson on the Roads and Transportation Committee, and a member of the Government Organization Committee, Health and Human Resources Committee, Veterans Affairs/Homeland Security Committee, and the House Select Committee on Redistricting. During the 79th session of the West Virginia Legislature, Staggers served as vice-chairperson of the Committee on Enrolled Bills.
In 2008, Staggers authored legislation extending a tax break to volunteer firefighters excusing them from tax that are due beyond what is already withheld from paychecks. Later in 2008, before the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Staggers worked on one of four special work groups in the West Virginia House of Delegates with the goal of developing a universal health care system in West Virginia in lieu of a national health care reform policy. Staggers' work group was tasked with simplifying the administrative end of a universal healthcare system in West Virginia with the other three study groups dedicated to technology, chronic conditions, and wellness and prevention.
On the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 authored by her father, Congressman Harley Orrin Staggers, Sr., Staggers wrote an editorial in the Charleston Gazette-Mail praising the bipartisan effort in the United States Congress led by her father to deregulate the United States railroad industry.
Staggers is a former president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, past chairman and member of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians.
- United States Congress (2011), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: Harley Orrin Staggers (1907-1981), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website, retrieved 2011-12-03
- West Virginia Legislature (2011), House of Delegates Members: Margaret Anne Staggers (D - Fayette), West Virginia Legislature website, retrieved 2011-12-03
- Porterfield, Mannix (May 24, 2008), "Legislators optimistic about health plan", The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)
- Porterfield, Mannix (July 16, 2011), "Staggers injured while treating patient", The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)
- Porterfield, Mannix (March 14, 2007), "Staggers looks back on first year in House of Delegates", The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)
- Porterfield, Mannix (January 23, 2008), "Staggers seeks tax break for firefighters", The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)
- Staggers, Margaret Anne (October 4, 2010), "Dr. Margaret Staggers: Staggers Act saved railroads", Charleston Gazette-Mail (Charleston, WV)