Washington, D.C. – The Club for Growth Foundation published its 2022 West Virginia economic scorecard, bringing greater clarity to how legislators in the Mountain State approached pro-growth economic policy.
The Foundation conducted a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker’s record on votes related to pro-growth policies and computed an Economic Growth Score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies. In 2022, the Club for Growth Foundation examined 16 votes in the House and 17 votes in the Senate. Votes scored included support for a five-year exemption on a 5% severance tax for critical minerals as well as opposition to an electric vehicle spending program.
“The Club for Growth Foundation’s scorecard series offers a detailed analysis of how state lawmakers view free-market policy proposals – our hope is to better inform West Virginians on these key issues,” said Club for Growth Foundation President David McIntosh. “By making this information readily available, the people of West Virginia will be better educated on pro-growth policies. West Virginians need to know that their legislators have voted time and time again to take their hard-earned taxpayer money and pushing it into spending measures and tax credit programs.”
Club for Growth Foundation plans on releasing similar scorecards for state legislatures across the country.
Key Takeaways on West Virginia 2022 Scorecard:
West Virginia Senate:
Members = 34
Average Republican Score: 43%
Average Democrat Score: 16%
Highest-Rated Republican: Sen. Robert Karnes (SD-11): 55%
Highest-Rated Democrat: Sen. Robert Plymale (SD-5): 29%
Lowest-Rated Republican: Sen. Bill Hamilton (SD-11): 27%
Lowest-Rated Democrats: Sens. Michael Caputo (SD-13) & Hannah Geffert (SD-16): 6%
West Virginia House:
Members = 100
Average Republican Score: 47%
Average Democrat Score: 20%
Highest-Rated Republican: Rep. Pat McGeehan (HD-1): 83%
Highest-Rated Democrat: Rep. Edward Evans (HD-26): 36%
Lowest-Rated Republican: Rep. Mark Dean (HD-21): 21%
Lowest-Rated Democrat: Rep. Evan Hansen (HD-51): 11%
Click here to view the full West Virginia State Senate scorecard.
Click here to view the full West Virginia State House scorecard.