McKinley, David (US House, WV-1)

Basic Information

  • Name: David B. McKinley
  • Current Office: US House, District 1, Republican
  • Political Party: Republican
  • First Elected: 11/02/2010
  • Last Elected: 11/02/2010
  • Next Election: November 2012
  • On the 2012 Ballot: Running, Republican for US House, District 1
  • Opponent on 2012 Ballot: Susan Thorn, Democrat for US House, District 1
  • Gender: Male
  • Wife: Mary
  • Children: 4
  • Birth Date: 03/28/1947
  • Birth Place: Wheeling, WV
  • Home City: Wheeling, WV
  • Education: BS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1969

Favorablity Poll


Current Legislative Committees

  • Energy and Commerce, Member
  • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, Member
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Power (Energy and Commerce), Member

Professional Experience

  • Professional Engineer, Construction Industry
  • Former Teacher, Night Classes, Local Technical Colleges
  • Former Principal, McKinley and Associates

Political Experience

  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2010-present
  • Candidate, West Virginia State Governor, 1996
  • Delegate, West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1980-1995
  • Chair, West Virginia Republican Party, 1990-1994

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

  • Former West Virginia Representative, Republican National Committee


  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member/Former Treasurer, Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
  • Member, Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Vestry Committee, Finance Committee
  • Former Board of Directors, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Former Board of Directors, State Engineering Society

Contact Information


  • Address: 23 Stamm Lane,Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Phone: 304-233-6304

Washington, D.C.

  • Address: 313 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
  • Phone: 202-225-4172
  • Fax: 202-225-7564


  • Federal Building, 1125 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Phone: 304-232-3801
  • Fax: 304-232-3807

Message David McKinley

Campaign Biography

David McKinley has been a strong advocate for common sense, market driven reforms to help government operate more efficiently for many years. He also recognizes that the coal industry is the backbone of West Virginia’s economy and the attacks on coal from Washington must be stopped. This is why David B. McKinley is proud to represent the 1st District of West Virginia in our nation’s Capitol.

Born in Wheeling in 1947, David attended public schools and worked his way through college graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Civil Engineering.  After college he spent the next 12 years in the construction industry and taught night classes in local technical colleges.

He then established McKinley and Associates – an architectural and engineering company that has grown to include offices in Wheeling and Charleston, WV and Washington, PA. During his career as a Professional Engineer, David has been on the Board of Directors of the state engineering society and on the Board of the National Society of Professional Engineers representing the interests of West Virginia.

As a successful former small businessman, David has created hundreds of jobs and understands the vital role of small businesses in creating private sector jobs and strengthening the economy. He has been recognized twice by West Virginia Executive Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in West Virginia.

From 1981 through 1994, he represented the Third Delegate District in the West Virginia Legislature, serving primarily on the Finance Committee as well as the Banking and Insurance and Roads and Transportation Committees among others. His voting record reflects the interests of his constituents. In 1990, David was elected as Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party Executive Committee and was one of three representing West Virginia on the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.

As a Legislator and as State Chairman of the Party, David advocated conservative principles of smaller, less intrusive government and lower taxes. In 1994, he was recognized by the Charleston Gazette for working cooperatively with Democrats in the legislature and achieving the highest percentage of bills passed into law: demonstrating effective leadership and an ability to gain crucial bipartisan support on issues.

During his tenure in the West Virginia Legislature he was also recognized by the Business and Industry Council for having one of the most conservative, pro employment voting records. In his various elections, he was consistently endorsed by the NRA, West Virginians for Life, newspapers across the state, and other conservative groups.

As an individual with significant hearing impairment and a grandfather to a child with special needs, David McKinley is no stranger to overcoming the obstacles of disabilities. He also helped to direct the care for his 89 year old mother who suffered from dementia and recognizes the challenges of long term home care for our elderly. While in the state legislature, David authored the West Virginia law which prohibited insurance companies from cancelling insurance to individuals diagnosed with HIV.

David is married to the former Mary Gerkin from New Martinsville, West Virginia and is a proud father of four children and six grandchildren. David is a seventh generation resident of Wheeling and West Virginia. He is passionate about the people of our state and has dedicated his life to creating jobs and opportunities, right here in his local community.

Biography retrieved from David McKinley’s official US House homepage on 07-31-2011.

Campaign Contributions

Top 5 Contributors, 2011-2012, Campaign Committee

Contributor Total Indivs PACs
Mepco LLC $34,800 $34,800 $0
International Coal Group $23,100 $18,100 $5,000
Alpha Natural Resources $22,500 $12,500 $10,000
Murray Energy $20,428 $15,428 $5,000
American Electric Power $17,500 $11,500 $6,000

Top 5 Industries, 2011-2012, Campaign Cmte

Industry Total Indivs PACs
Mining $242,578 $189,578 $53,000
Electric Utilities $61,400 $18,900 $42,500
Lawyers/Law Firms $45,550 $43,050 $2,500
Health Professionals $43,390 $18,890 $24,500
Oil & Gas $41,300 $19,300 $22,000

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

2009-2010 Fundraising

Cycle Source of Funds, 2011-2012, Campaign Cmte only

Individual Contributions About Size of Contributions
– Small Individual Contributions
– Large Individual Contributions
$61,503 (5%)
$740,969 (57%)
legend PAC Contributions $499,645 (38%)
legend Candidate self-financing $0 (0%)
legend Other $3,082 (0%)

Campaign Expenditures

Top 5 Vendors/Recipients

Vendor/Recipient Total No. of Payments
Mckinley, David $85,000 1
Theodore Co $35,176 4
McKinley, Amy $27,350 12
Coyne, Meredith $14,554 9
Professional Data Services $13,844 8

Expenditure Overview

Legislative History

Missed Roll Call Votes

David McKinley missed 14 (1%) of 1,020 roll call votes since Jan 5, 2011. The graph below shows the percent of roll call votes David McKinley was absent for during the Member’s time in Congress.

Bill Sponsorships

Statistics from the 112th Congress, utilizing Library of Congress data.

Issue Positions

The below issue positions are the determination of Project Vote Smart through their research into McKinley’s statements, voting records, and other history.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

View Public Statements by McKinley


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