Bob Beach

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Bob Beach
Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 2011 – 2020
Preceded byMike Oliverio
Succeeded byMike Caputo
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 44th district
In office
January 2001 – January 2011
Preceded byUnknown
Succeeded byAnthony Barill
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 44th district
In office
May 1998 – December 1998
Preceded byRobert C. Beach
Succeeded byUnknown
Personal details
Born (1959-07-21) July 21, 1959 (age 62)
Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Rachel Plybon
Children5
EducationFairmont State University

Robert D. Beach (born July 21, 1959, Morgantown, West Virginia) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate representing District 13[1][2] since January 2011. Beach was also the Democratic nominee for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2020. Beach served consecutively in the West Virginia Legislature's House of Delegates from January 2001 until January 2011, and non-consecutively from his May 1998 appointment to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of his father, the late Delegate Robert C. Beach, until December 3, 1998 in the West Virginia House of Delegates within the 44 Delegate District.

Senator Beach has served in a variety of legislative positions; including Chairman of Agriculture and Transportation Committee, member of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability and the WV Holocaust Education Commission. Beach currently serves on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Banking and Insurance, Education, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.[3]

Education[edit]

Beach attended Fairmont State College -Spruce School of Real Estate - Andrew Young School of Leadership Studies.[4]

Elections[edit]

2020: Senator Beach ran for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture in 2020, seeking to challenge incumbent Republican Commissioner and former state senator Kent Leonhardt.[5] Beach won the Democratic nomination with a plurality of the vote (48.0%) over fellow farmers William Keplinger and Dave Miller. However, Beach lost the November general election to Leonhardt 65% to 35%.[6]

2020 Commissioner of Agriculture General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kent Leonhardt (incumbent) 480,386 64.98%
Democratic Bob Beach 258,912 35.02%
Total votes 739,298 100.0%
2020 Commissioner of Agriculture Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Beach 81,074 48.0%
Democratic William Keplinger 44,084 26.1%
Democratic Dave Miller 43,916 26.0%
Total votes 169,074 100.0%

2018: Beach captured the May Democratic Primary Nomination after running unopposed. On November 6, 2018 Robert Beach defeated challenger Republican candidate and former WV State Senator Michael Oliverio in the General Election.

2018 West Virginia's 13th Senate district General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Beach (incumbent) 18,692 52.18%
Republican Mike Oliverio 17,129 47.82%
Total votes 35,821 100%

2014: Beach captured the May Democratic Primary Nomination after being unopposed. On November 4, 2014 Beach defeated challenger and former West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Kris Warner in the General Election.

2014 West Virginia's 13th Senate district General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Beach (incumbent) 12,061 51.49%
Republican Kris Warner 17,129 45.24%
American Freedom Harry Bertram 767 3.27%
Total votes 23,424 100%

2010: When 13th Senate District Democratic Senator Mike Oliverio challenged incumbent Alan Mollohan for the Democratic nomination to the United States House of Representatives in West Virginia's 1st congressional district, he vacated his state senate seat. Beach immediately filed for the 13th Senate District seat and captured the Democratic Primary nomination with 5,443 votes (71.8%),[7] and narrowly won the November 2, 2010 General election with 16,882 votes (50.3%) against Republican state Delegate Cindy Frich.[8]

2010 West Virginia's 13th Senate district General election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Beach 16,882 50.31%
Republican Cindy Frich 16,676 49.69%
Total votes 33,558 100%
2010 West Virginia's 13th Senate district Democratic Primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Beach 5,443 71.78%
Democratic Ronald Paul Justice 2,140 28.22%
Total votes 7,583 100.0%

2008: Beach again captured the Democratic Primary nomination to the West Virginia House of Delegates with 7,139 votes (18.8%) on May 13, 2008.[9] Beach was re-elected to a fifth term after finishing third (out of fourth) in the November 4, 2008 General election with 16,168 votes (17.9%) behind incumbent Delegates Alex Shook and Charlene Marshall, and ahead of Delegate Barbara Fleischauer.[10]

2006: When Delegate Houston retired from the Legislature and left a district seat open, Beach again captured the 2006 Democratic Primary nomination to the West Virginia House of Delegates. He was re-elected to a fourth term during the November 7, 2006 General election alongside incumbent Charlene Marshall (D), returning Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, and Democratic nominee Alex Shook.[11]

2004: Beach won the 2004 Democratic Primary nomination to the West Virginia House of Delegates[12] and was re-elected on November 2, 2004. Beach was re-elected alongside incumbents Cindy Frich (R), Houston (D), and former Delegate Charlene Marshall (D), who unseated Delegate Barbara Fleischauer (D).[13]

2002: When Delegate Charlene Marshall ran for the West Virginia State Senate and Delegate Fletcher left the Legislature, two district seats were opened in the multi-member district. Beach again captured the 2002 Democratic Primary nomination to the West Virginia House of Delegates[14] and was re-elected on November 5, 2002 leading the General election ticket followed by incumbents Delegate Barbara Fleischauer (D), returning Delegate Houston, and Republican nominee Cindy Frich.[15]

2000: Beach captured the Democratic Primary nomination to the West Virginia House of Delegates[16] and was elected during the November 7, 2000 General election alongside incumbents Delegates Barbara Fleischauer (D), Fletcher (R), and Charlene Marshall (D), and unseating Delegate Houston (D) in the multi-member district.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Beach". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Bob Beach's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "West Virginia State Senate". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Robert D. Beach (D - Monongalia, 13) Biography". West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Meet the Candidates: Commissioner of Agriculture". Charleston Gazette-Mail. October 18, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  6. ^ "November 3, 2020 General Election Results". Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  7. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 11, 2010 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 2, 2010 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 13, 2008 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 4, 2008 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  11. ^ "2006 General Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).
  12. ^ "2004 Primary Election, House of Delegates" (PDF).
  13. ^ "2004 General Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).
  14. ^ "2002 Primary Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).
  15. ^ "2002 General Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).
  16. ^ "2000 Primary Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).
  17. ^ "2000 General Election, WV House of Delegates" (PDF).

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