Turbulence Continues, New WV House Speaker Caucus Elections Next Wednesday

With the resignation of Speaker Tim Armstead to pursue a spot on the state Supreme Court a new speaker must be chosen by the House of Delegates. Tim Armstead was a hero in the House of Delegates for faith, family and freedom. He stood against his own caucus when they lost their way and foolishly passed legalized pot and gambling laws. He reopened votes after House committees were too confused to recognize when socialist bill language had slipped through. That kind of courage is rare these days and will be hard to replace. He will make a triumphant Supreme Court Justice. But his chair must be filled and that usually happens in January after an election. But now it’s going to happen next Wednesday because of Armstead’s early departure. (for the MetroNews story detailing those seeking the Speaker’s Chair click here)


Delegate Roger Hanshaw from Clay County is in the running. Hanshaw is Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and was the lead sponsor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015 that passed the House 72-36. The bill moved to the senate where Senator Mitch Carmichael removed its religious protections and morphed it into a monstrous “gay rights” protection bill. Sadly the Family Policy Council was then forced to lobby for that perverted version of the bill to die.

Allen Whitt, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia had this to say. “Roger Hanshaw is a man of faith. He mentors youth. He’s one of the sharpest minds in the House. He’s principled and he’s the best choice to lead a dysfunctional House in a very turbulent time in West Virginia.”

He will have to manage the desires of three parties, the Democrats, the Republicans and the rowdy Liberty Caucus within the Republican ranks. The Family Policy Council will support his bid for Speaker and we recommend the faith community contact him and encourage him to make appoint social conservative delegates for supporting leadership. roger.hanshaw@wvhouse.gov