Roy E. Givens of Wellsburg is making a bid for a full term on the Brooke County Commission, representing the Follansbee district.
He currently represents Brooke County and part of Ohio County in the House of Delegates from the 2nd Delegate District. His term in the House ends Dec. 31.
Having made a lifetime commitment to the people of West Virginia and Brooke County, Givens has been elected to 13 non-consecutive, two-year terms in the House. Prior to that, he served nine years on the Brooke County Board of Education.
As part of his community service, he volunteered as project administrator for the Brooke County Commission for three years. During that time he helped apply for and obtain grants to upgrade and remodel the Brooke County Courthouse. He coordinated the FEMA program for the county as well.
During his tenure as a delegate, he has served as chairman of the Government Organization Committee, Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Health and Human Resources Committee. He served as a member of the House Rules Committee, House Judiciary Committee, Roads and Transportation Committee, Education Committee, Economic Development Committee, Task Force on Juvenile Foster Care, Detention and Placement, House Select Committee on Coal Mining permits and others.
As chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, he sought successfully the establishment of the West Virginia Nursing Home in Clarksburg, he secured a van to transport Brooke and Hancock County veterans to Veterans Administration medical facilities, and is responsible for having the POW/MIA flag flown alongside the American and West Virginia flags at the State Capitol Complex. He sponsored the first Prisoner of War License Plate legislation.
He is the recipient of the West Virginia Veterans Councils Veterans' Advocate Award.
Givens is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War as a combat medic receiving the Combat Medical Badge, the Korean Service Medal and other decorations.
He is a members of the State Committee on Employers Support of the West Virginia Guard and Reserve, serving as an ombudsman for Guard members.
He is the recipient of the Meritorious Award from the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. He is a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and the American Legion.