• Job Creation - Through tax reform, reducing government bureaucracy, cutting regulatory red tape, and stopping lawsuit abuse, we can attract quality businesses and good-paying jobs to our state.
  • Big Government - Since 1990, the size of our state government has tripled while our population has declined. We can't allow government to grow faster than the taxpayers' ability to pay for it.
  • Education - I believe it's critical that we empower our local school boards, our principals, our teachers, and our parents to make decisions that will ensure that our citizens and our students are receiving the return on investment that they expect and deserve.
  • Government Transparency & Accountability - West Virginians rightfully expect a state government that understands it works for the people and not the other way around.  I'll continue to demand accountability and transparency across state government and my efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse through regular comprehensive audits.

An experienced, fiscally Conservative voice for the 98th district!

About Paul Espinosa

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Elected in 2012, Paul serves as Speaker Pro Tempore, as a member of the Rules, Finance, Banking & Insurance, Pensions & Retirement, and Technology & Infrastructure Committees where he advocates for student-centered education, economic growth, greater government accountability & transparency, and controlling government spending.  In addition, Paul chairs the Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Subcommittee and serves on the Joint Standing Committee on Finance and the Select Committee on Minority Issues during legislative interims.

Paul is a past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Rotary Club of Charles Town.  He is also a past board chair of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and previously served as a member of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

Paul is a 1984 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.  He and his wife Cathy reside in Pembroke Grove near Summit Point and are the parents of three children.

Paul serves as chairman of the YLA Youth in Government Committee and is an active member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church where he serves as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister.  Among his other interests are serving as a youth softball & baseball umpire and as a public address announcer for youth sporting events.