CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Congressman David “Mick” Staton died Monday evening. He was 74.
Staton represented West Virginia’s 3rd U.S. House district for one term from 1981-1983, when the district still included much of central West Virginia. He was active in the Republican Party long before then, serving as a State Republican Conventions delegate in 1976 and 1980 and a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention. His first bid for Congress in 1978 was unsuccessful. However, he defeated incumbent Democrat John G. Hutchinson in the 1980 election, then lost his re-election bid in 1982 to future Gov. Bob Wise.
Staton’s career didn’t end after the 1982 election, however. After losing his seat, he served as chief political adviser for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1984 until 1990. He also served as an elector for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential race.
He and his wife Lynn were active in Republican Party organizations in West Virginia, particularly in the Eastern Panhandle. Pam Bush worked with the Statons on the Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee and said the former congressman worked tirelessly to promote the party in the area.
“Mick was very dedicated to the Republican Party and stayed true to the Republican principles,” she said. “As chairman of the Berkeley County Republican Executive Committee, he tried everything he could that we stick to those principles instead of getting out of focus and off track.”
Weeks before his death, the West Virginia Republican Party named Staton as an emeritus member. GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas said he’s pleased the party could make that move before Staton’s passing…