Meshea Poore

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Meshea Poore
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 37th district
In office
December 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014
Succeeded by Mike Pushkin (Elect)
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 31st district
In office
December 18, 2009 – December 1, 2012
Preceded by Carrie Webster
Succeeded by Karen Arvon
Personal details
Born (1975-09-02) September 2, 1975 (age 42)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Howard University (B.A.)
Southern University Law Center (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney

Meshea La'Shawn Poore is an American lawyer and politician from the state of West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Poore served in the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 37th district.

Effective Feb. 19, 2018, Meshea Poore is the vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at West Virginia University.


Poore is from Kanawha City, West Virginia. She graduated from Howard University with a bachelor's degree, and from the Southern University Law Center with her juris doctor. She worked as a public defender in Kanawha County, and then joined the Dooley Law Firm.[1][2][3]

In 2008, Poore ran for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 31st district. She lost the Democratic Party primary election to incumbent Carrie Webster by 117 votes.[2][3][4] In 2009, Webster became a circuit judge, and Joe Manchin, the then-Governor of West Virginia, appointed Poore to the House of Delegates to serve the remainder of Webster's term. Poore was reelected in 2010 and 2012.[1]

Poore was a candidate in the 2014 election to succeed Shelley Moore Capito as the representative from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district.[1] She was defeated by former Chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, Nick Casey.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Harold, Zack (July 9, 2013). "Kanawha delegate Poore says she'll run for Congress". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Poore to await canvass before conceding | West Virginia Record". May 15, 2008. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Meshea Poore running for House of Delegates « Squawk Box". December 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Incumbent Poore wins Democratic nod in 31st - News - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports". May 11, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election – May 13, 2014 ★★★ Official Results ★★★". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved July 17, 2014.