Patricia Rucker


PO Box 507
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425



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

From Metro News: Lawmakers explore challenges of helping almost 7,000 foster children

I am the co-chair of the Senate Interim Children and Families Committee.  The foster care system in West Virginia is of primary concern to me.  This article covers the recent joint meeting between the house and senate committees and presents some of the important issues involved:


For Education the Recent Legislative Session Was Productive

As the Chair of the the West Virginia Senate Education Committee, I am happy to report that we had a very productive session this year.  We passed a significant number of important bills that advanced our state's education system.  West Virginia is now an acknowledged leader in education innovation and reform.  The Bowles Rice Education Law Group has published an excellent summary of what the legislature achieved in the recent session.  You can download it here:


West Virginia’s Education Profile is Changing For the Better

West Virginia is making great strides in the area of education reform.  We have gone from lagging behind to being a leader.  You can read about it here:  


The Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day set aside for honoring the brave patriots who died in active duty defending our great nation.  There are no words that can adequately express the gratitude I feel toward those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and our rights.  This Memorial Day I pray for the safety of those currently in service to our nation and I give thanks to all who have served.  We are in your debt.  I pray there comes a day when your sacrifices lead to a lasting peace. 


Senator Rucker on Fox News Discussing School Choice

Senator Rucker Discusses School Choice This interview aired on Friday morning March 26, 2021.    


Press Release: Op-ed submission from Senator Patricia Rucker

School Choice Can Unite West Virginia What’s past does not have to be prologue... That’s the message I want to share with Rev. Matthew J. Watts, who recently opined in this space that expanding access to private school options would cause further racial and economic segregation of West Virginia’s public schools. Rev. Watts points to the establishment in the 1950s of segregated, private education academies in response to court-ordered desegregation. Those academies were disgusting, and the


Senator Rucker’s Remarks from Committee Regarding the Hope Scholarship

Yesterday, March 9, 2021, Senator Patricia Rucker made the following remarks regarding the Hope Scholarship legislation:  


WV Dept of Arts, Culture and History to Begin Accepting Entries for Quilt Exhibition

Press Release: March 9, 2021 West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Begin Accepting Entries for Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition, Monday, March 29 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) will begin accepting entries for the 2021 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition on Monday, March 29 through Monday, May 3, at 4 p.m. This is the 40th year for the exhibition which will open Friday, May 28. The free summer-long e


Senator Rucker introduces resolution to honor the Children’s Home Society

Senate Education Committee Chairman Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson, 16th District) introduced a resolution today to celebrate 125 years of service to our children by the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.          


Sen. Patricia Rucker on HOPE Scholarship

Sen. Patricia Rucker talks about the HOPE Scholarship, along with its benefits and focus on providing educational opportunities to students