“Republican” Education Vice-Chair Sponsors Statewide “Men in Ladies Room” Bill

Higginbotham’s Original Tweets

Call to Action:

On Sunday, January 31st, West Virginia State House Delegate Joshua Higginbotham (R- Putnam, District 13) tweeted that he would be the lead sponsor for the controversial Fairness Act. This bill is more commonly known as the “Men in Ladies Rooms” Bill. The federal version of this unthinkable bill was championed and passed by Nancy Pelosi’s House in 2020.

Contact: Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw and ask him to reprimand Delegate Higginbotham and demand a public apology for creating divisiveness in the Republican caucus, for his blatant ageism and unstatesmanlike behavior towards a constituent.

Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3210

District Phone: (304) 587-9947

roger.hanshaw@wvhouse.gov

Contact: Interim State Republican Party Chairman Roman Stauffer and ask him if he supports Delegate Higginbotham’s Fairness Act. Then demand he reprimand Delegate Higginbotham for promoting a controversial bill in opposition to the Republican Party platform that endangers the safety of our women and girls.

Online Comments to the Republican WVGOP Click Here

Phone: 304.768.0493

Email: wvgop@wvgop.org

Higginbotham was appointed by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee. He is a known moderate Republican and will be included in an upcoming Family Policy Council piece about the dangers of his moderate faction withi

Delegate Higginbotham (R - Putnam, 13)

Delegate Higginbotham (R – Putnam, 13)

n the West Virginia Republican caucus. His bill sets up dangerous exposure for women in vulnerable settings.

He tried to cushion his startling announcement to the small number of his constituents who follow him on Twitter, by reassuring them that he is indeed a conservative Christian. This is blatant hypocrisy: you cannot claim conservative Christianity while being the lead sponsor of a law that would force conservative Christians to accommodate behavior most find shameful at best and sinful at worst. That’s especially so when Higginbotham’s law would expose women and girls to dangerous situations while they are possibly disrobed in intimate spaces usually reserved for females.

During his 2020 Republican primary, Higginbotham barely won re-nomination for his seat in the House of Delegates in District 13, a multi-member district with two seats. He defeated incumbent conservative Scott Cadle by the skin of his teeth by about 200 votes. He only accomplished reelection by spending approximately $100,000, which was about 10x more than truck-driver Scott Cadle spent in the primary.

Newcomer conservative Pastor Jonathon Pinson handily won top-place in the primary by 600 votes. Pinson and Higginbotham both won their seats in the 2020 general election. Pinson gained over 2,000 more votes than Higginbotham, while Higginbotham defeated the top Democratic challenger by only about 600 votes.

Here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, we initially endorsed Higginbotham during his first run for office because he lied on our candidate survey to get our endorsement. Deceiving us and deceiving conservative voters under the guise of faux-Christianity and faux-conservatism lands you permanently on our DO NOT VOTE FOR list. He consistently has voted against conservative values and the GOP platform. But in 2022 Higginbotham will be drawn into a new single-member house district where he will face a strong, faithful opponent. “He is our top Republican target to remove,” said Whitt.


Paul Hartling, a long-time Putnam County GOP volunteer, shared his conversation that he had with Higginbotham once the story broke, posting it into the comment section of our original FaceBook post:

Higginbotham’s disrespectful reply to a senior citizen who has been a longtime Republican volunteer is revealing. He wants the WVGOP to ditch conservative policy and replace it with Joe Biden’s top pro-transgendered rights policy. This progressive nonsense abandons human biology in favor of gender confusion. West Virginia placed 76 Republicans in the state house last November.

Family Policy Council President Allen Whitt commented, “I was surprised to learn I ever controlled the Republican part but I wasn’t surprised by our data showing that virtually none of West Virginia’s Republican voters, and very few traditional Democrats, want Josh Higginbotham’s co-ed showers bill that opens their daughter’s high school or their wife’s work lorckerrooms to opportunistic males.”

Higginbotham’s views don’t represent his district’s views and his arrogance has caused him to abandon the Republican Party Platform on basic biology and sexuality. And when a constituent raised concerns, Higginbotham disrespectfully engaged in public ageism. There is no place in Christendom for that type of behavior towards our elders and there shouldn’t be any place in the Republican caucus for his kind of selfish divisiveness.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is urging all West Virginian voters to contact Speaker Hanshaw and Interim State Republican Party Chairman Roman Stauffer to have Delegate Higginbotham reprimanded for promoting a bill that is in opposition to the WV GOP Platform and endangers women and girls.

 

Contact: Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw and ask him to reprimand Delegate Higginbotham and demand a public apology for creating divisiveness in the Republican caucus, for his blatant ageism and unstatesmanlike behavior towards a constituent.

Capitol Phone:(304) 340-3210

District Phone:(304) 587-9947

roger.hanshaw@wvhouse.gov

Contact: Interim State Republican Party Chairman Roman Stauffer and ask him if he supports Delegate Higginbotham’s Fairness Act? Then demand he reprimand Delegate Higginbotham for promoting a controversial bill in opposition to the Republican Party platform that endangers the safety of our women and girls.

Online Comments to the Republican WVGOPClick Here

Phone: 304.768.0493

Email:wvgop@wvgop.org