Patricia Rucker


PO Box 507
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425



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

Jefferson County Passes Resolution Supporting SB 657

The Jefferson County Commission passed a resolution in support of Senate Bill 657 that will help Harpers Ferry get the help it needs to get Hilltop House built. It's a wonderful thing when the community unites around a project and stands together to make things happen.  I'm proud to have been the lead sponsor on the bill.   Thank you to the Jefferson County Commission!   Here's the text of the resolution:  JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION, CHARLES TOWN, WV RESOLUTION Whereas, Senate Bill 657,


Students Do Have a Right to Know

One of the most important things that government should do is to educate - to let people know.  Here's the link.


National School Choice Week

Every January, thousands of parents, teachers, students and activists assemble at state capitols across the nation to celebrate.  What are they celebrating?  They are celebrating educational choice.  It’s National School Choice Week, and West Virginia is playing a key role in emphasizing the value and benefit school choice gives students and families.   Since 2011, National School Choice Week has provided us with the opportunity to recognize the important contributions that primary and s


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