District 66 – Paul Espinosa

Strong work ethic, results-oriented, energetic, genuine sincerity, and community commitment are all examples of Paul Espinosa’s style of leadership and service.

Paul represents the 66th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

A native of Jefferson County, Paul is a past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Charles Town, and the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission, and is a past member of the Jefferson County Development Authority and a past board chair of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. As a respected community leader, Paul represents the values of the 66th District through his commitment to education, economic growth, job creation and improving the quality of life in West Virginia.

Paul serves as Chair of the House Education Committee and as a member of the Rules, Finance, Roads & Transportation, and Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Committees, as well as the interim Joint Standing Committee on Finance and the Commission on Economic Development. Paul also chairs the interim Joint Standing Committee on Education, the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability, the Joint Interim Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development, and the Joint Interim Technology Committee.

Paul and his wife Cathy reside in Pembroke Grove near Summit Point and are the parents of three children who have attended local public schools. Paul believes that a good education is necessary for children to succeed because with good education comes better opportunities, higher salaries and a better future.  “Our children represent the next generation of leaders in our state, and a good education is necessary to open up opportunities and allow them to succeed,” said Paul.  “To accomplish this, I believe we need to make proper investments in our teachers and classrooms, and give local school systems more autonomy and the tools they need to provide our students with a first-rate education.”

Paul is also a strong advocate for legislation that champions local business and aids in growing West Virginia’s economy. “I recognize that small businesses are critical to our economy and I’m confident that West Virginia will realize the prosperity the rest of the nation enjoys as we become more competitive with our tax code, our regulatory climate and our legal system,” said Paul.

While committed to education and economic growth, Paul recognizes that we can’t allow government to grow faster than the taxpayers’ ability to pay for it. “Unless excessive government spending is brought in line, West Virginia government will continue to eat up a greater and greater share of the dollars that should remain in the private sector to increase personal income and create jobs,” said Paul.

Paul knows that West Virginians rightfully expect a state government that understands it works for the people and not the other way around. He’ll continue to demand accountability and transparency across state government and his efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse through regular, comprehensive audits.