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Clark S. Barnes is a member of the West Virginia Senate, representing District 15 as a Republican.

Background

Barnes, Clark S. was born on August 6, 1950 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.

Education

Associate of Applied Science, Davis and Elkins College. Bachelor, West Virginia University. Master of Science, Pensacola Christian College.

Career

Originally elected in 2004, Barnes was reelected to the Senate’s District 15 in 2008. He ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11. Barnes was elected to the West Virginia State Senate in 2004, defeating then 12-year incumbent Mike Ross in a close race that concluded after two vote recounts.

In 2006, the junior Republican was selected to serve as Minority Whip in the senate. Senator Barnes was reelected for a second term in 2008. There was no controversy in the race as Sen.

Barnes defeated the same opponent, Ross, by several thousand votes. Barnes serves on the following committees: West Virginia State Legislature Economic Development Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Education Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Government Operations Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Judiciary Committee, West Virginia State Legislature Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Committee, West Virginia State Senate Enrolled Bills Committee, West Virginia State Senate Labor Committee, West Virginia State Senate Natural Resources Committee, West Virginia State Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In 2011, Barnes ran for Governor of West Virginia in a special election, placing third in the Republican primary.

Barnes is ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 11. Barnes ran unopposed in the May 8, 2012, primary election and was challenged by Margaret Kerr Beckwith in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. The son of a Baptist minister, Barnes spent his younger years in the Northview section of Clarksburg and is the grandson of Erna and Cora Barnes.

His family later moved to Paden City, in the Ohio valley, where he graduated from Paden City High School. Barnes served as an enlisted Soldier with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1973 to 1976, including an assignment as a Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Non-Commissioned Officer. Barnes attended Northern Virginia Community College before enrolling at Davis & Elkins College, located In Elkins, WV. Barnes earned AAS in Business Administration from Davis & Elkins College.

He then earned his BA while attending West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, WV. Finally, Barnes earned his MS from Pensacola Christian College.

Religion

God never intended nor desired for a single person to go to Hell. Sin caused a separation between God and man, and that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only bridge to cross from death to life. This bridge, however, is accessible by anyone at anytime.

Politics

The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.

Views

Language of a derogatory nature (with regard to race, nationality, ethnic background, gender, sexuality, and physical differences) does not reflect value for one another and contradicts the Christian teaching.

Connections

Married Deborah Barnes. Children: Thadeus, Erickson, Elizabeth, Rachel.