Patricia Rucker


PO Box 507
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425



Legislative Address:
State Capitol, Room W-223
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0800

Press Conference in Charles Town

  I held a press conference yesterday at the Court House in Charles Town.  Here is the text of what I said: I am here today to bring good news.  We can all use a little good news.  I am going to introduce legislation that will finally break the impasse in Harpers Ferry regarding Hilltop House.  The legislation will be called the Tourism Development District Act.  Tourism is an essential industry here in the Eastern Panhandle.  In Jefferson County it accounts for more than 1/3 of all the


Senator Rucker Files to Run for Re-election

Yesterday, State Senator Patricia filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, making it official that she is running for re-election in the 16th Senatorial District; a district that includes all of Jefferson County and parts of Berkeley County.  “I feel that my first term has been productive, but I also feel that there is so much more that needs to be done”, said Senator Rucker, surrounded by many of her senate colleagues as she filled out the paperwork.  “It’s great w


MARC Train Service Will Continue

MARC train service will continue here in the Eastern Panhandle.  An agreement has been reached this week regarding funding with more than $3.3 million being allocated.  The funds are coming from a variety of sources:  $1.1 million from the governor's contingency fund, $1.2 million is from the legislature and $750,000 coming from other state agencies.  Local governments (municipal and county) will contribute an additional $300,000. Maryland will increase the price of the MARC train service s


Young People Misunderstand Socialism and its Effects

As a legislator one of the things I value most is that there are many people from all walks of life that take the time and effort to share their thoughts and perspectives with me.  However, one of the things that concerns me most is that among many young people there appears to be a misunderstanding as to what socialism is and what it represents.  A significant number of our young people think that socialism is a solution to the ills of society. Some even think of it as cool.  I hope they ar


Highlights of HB 206 – the Landmark Education Reform Legislation

House Bill 206 This legislation is one of the most significant investments in public education in our state’s history. It represents an investment of more than $177 million in our state’s public education system.  It provides for higher salaries for teachers and service personnel, additional counselors and student support staff, increased funding for counties with smaller populations, salary incentives for math and special education teachers and an expansion of the Mountaineer Chall


Let’s Keep it Going!

It's official - I'm seeking re-election for a second term. Here is the press release......... Today, West Virginia State Senator Patricia Rucker announced that she will be seeking re-election to continue to represent the state’s 16th senatorial district.Said Senator Rucker, “Since Republicans gained the majority in both houses in 2014, our state has experienced a rebirth. I was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016 and since then I have seen exciting progress. Last year, the West V


Socialism is not the Answer

Recent polls, articles and opinion pieces describe the rise in popularity of socialism. The Democratic Socialists claim that their ranks are growing. There have been recent high-profile political victories by socialist candidates in various parts of the United States. Among millennials, there is a certain coolness about socialism. Young people are attracted to it because they think it brings people together. My personal experiences with socialism have shown me how devastating it can be



Thank you for your amazing support. We were successful because of you. I am looking forward to working with everyone to realize West Virginia's potential and the potential of each West Virginian.


Let’s Save Our Kids

The scourge of drugs is something we need to urgently address.  It is a problem that is reaching epidemic proportions in our local communities. Drug addiction destroys lives – the lives of our young people – and does tremendous damage to families.  Drug addiction is a multi-faceted problem. While I do not advocate for the legalization of drugs, I do believe that we need to do all that we can to avoid making criminals of our young people. Incarcerating young people for drug possession has


Endorsed by the National Rifle Association

I am very pleased to announce that I've been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Furthermore, the NRA has graded my opponent with an "F" -- their lowest rating. After looking at Delegate Skinner's voting record they have concluded that he does not support our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. You can depend on me to defend our Constitutional Rights.