Joshua Nelson (politician)

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Joshua Nelson
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 23rd[1] district
Assumed office
January 12, 2013
Personal details
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 31)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Liberty University
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps(2006–2011)
West Virginia Air National Guard (since 2011)

Joshua Allan Nelson[2] (born February 20, 1987) is an American politician and was a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing District 23 from January 12, 2013 to January 2016. He did not seek re-election in 2016, instead choosing to run for County Commissioner of Boone County, West Virginia. He was defeated in the general election.[3]

Education[edit]

Nelson earned his BS in aeronautics from Liberty University.

Elections[edit]

  • 2012: Nelson challenged Democratic delegate Larry Barker (who had been redistricted from District 18) and was unopposed in the Republican primary, held on May 8, 2012, winning with 412 votes.[4] Nelson won the November 6, 2012 general election with 3,985 votes (62.4%), defeating Barker.[5]
  • 2014: Nelson was unopposed in the Republican primary. He defeated Democratic Party challenger Barry Brown and Mountain Party challenger Danny Cook in the general election with 2,411 votes (50.4%).[6]
  • 2016: Nelson ran unopposed in the Republican primary for County Commissioner of Boone County, West Virginia. He was defeated in the general election by Craig Bratcher, taking 3,728 votes to Bratcher's 4,879.[7]

2014 legislative session[edit]

After being re-elected in 2014, Nelson missed the entire 60-day spring session of the West Virginia Legislature while participating in flight training in Texas as part of his duties as a member of the Air National Guard. Although he did not attend the legislative session, he collected a full $15,000 paycheck. Nelson ultimately said that he donated the $15,000 paycheck to local churches and community organizations. Regardless of attendance, West Virginia law requires that legislators be paid $15,000 for a regular legislative session.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joshua Nelson". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Joshua Nelson's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Results from WV county-level races". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 8, 2012 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 6, 2012 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "WV SOS - Elections - Election Results - Online Data Services". apps.sos.wv.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Results from WV county-level races". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  8. ^ "W.Va. delegate took $15K for session he did not attend". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 

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