District 51 – Joe Statler

Joseph “Joe” Statler is a seventh-generation West Virginian, and is a lifetime resident of Core, W.Va. Joe is a retired coalminer with Consolidated Coal Company. Currently, he tends to his family’s 256-acre farm in western Monongalia County and serve his community in the West Virginia House of Delegates from District 51. Joe was elected to the House of Delegates in 2014 and currently serves on the following legislative committees: Education, Energy, Business & Industry, and Roads & Transportation. He also serves on interim committees for Education, Energy, and Labor and Worker Safety Issues.

Since his retirement from Consolidated Coal Company, Joe has dedicated himself to serving his community and gained a reputation as a strong leader and advocate for Monongalia County. Statler was elected to the Monongalia County Board of Education in 2002 and served as Vice-President from 2008-2012. He led efforts to ensure cost-saving measures while balancing the need for quality curriculum, teachers and facilities, and always putting students and quality education first.

He has served on the Monongalia County Technical Education Center Advisory Board since 1992. Joe also led efforts as Co-Chair of the Clay-Battelle Athletic Facilities Board. He helped secure funding for the facilities, and dedicated hundreds of hours of labor to construct both the ballpark and athletic field for the students of Clay-Battelle.

Joe is also a past chairman and current member of the Morgantown, Monongalia County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which has enabled to have a comprehensive view of the county’s unique transportation and infrastructure challenges. Additionally, Joe also serves as Board President of Pace Enterprises, board member of Clark Family Foundation, Co-Superintendent of Olive United Methodist Church, member of Mylan Park Foundation Board of Directors, and member of the FFA Alumni Association of Clay-Battelle High School.

He and his wife of 35 years, Louie are members of Olive United Methodist Church. Together they have three grown daughters all undergraduates of West Virginia University; Michelle, C.P.A., Kristen, M.D. and Marissa, J.D.