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The Intelligencer Endorses Rep. David McKinley Because He Gets Results for W.Va.

If U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., has overlooked a way he can help his fellow West Virginians in Congress, it must be hidden very well.

We need to retain him in Congress so he can keep up the good — nay, excellent — work.

Just during the current session of Congress, McKinley has sponsored bills to:

n help veterans,

n safeguard retired miners’ pensions,

n give low-income families a break,

n promote hydroelectric energy,

n expand opportunities in the natural gas industry,

n reduce drug prices,

n redevelop abandoned industrial sites and historic buildings,

n expand broadband access in rural areas, and

n help small businesses compete.

And yes, McKinley has shepherded through the House of Representatives several bills aimed at helping our state battle the drug abuse epidemic. They are not flashy showpiece measures but, rather, very thoughtful strategies that will make a difference.

McKinley began serving the First District of West Virginia in the House of Representatives in January 2011. Since then, his record has drawn support from a wide variety of organizations and associations.

Just during the current election cycle, McKinley has been endorsed by the National Education Association, National Rifle Association, United Mine Workers, West Virginia Farm Bureau and the Campaign for Working Families, to name a few.

He is not afraid to battle against stiff odds when fellow Mountain State residents are under assault. During former President Barack Obama’s administration, when the full power of the government was being used in an attempt to destroy the coal industry, McKinley won what may have been the first significant victory against the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Intelligencer endorses McKinley for re-election. We recommend that Mountain State residents who want to keep an effective advocate in Washington vote for him in the Nov. 6 election.

McKinley gets results for West Virginians. We need to keep them coming by keeping him in Congress.

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