When the West Virginia Legislature assembled on
Wednesday, Feb. 11, for its first session in 2009, it included 33rd
Delegate District representative David Walker, who was sworn in on Jan.
Walker, who resides in Clay County and represents
Calhoun County and eight precincts in Clay and seven in Gilmer, was born
in Charleston in 1952 and grew up in Clendenin.
He was raised by his mother, with three of his 12
siblings. After graduating from Herbert Hoover High School in 1970, he
enlisted in the W.Va. National Guard, 19th Special Forces
His nine years of service also included time with
the Combat Engineers, and Supply and Transportation.
Walker began working in the construction business,
and progressed in the oil and gas field from a rough neck, to truck
driver, to work on drilling rigs.
Presently, he is employed by Maxim Crane Works of
Nitro as a heavy equipment (crane) operator. He is also a member of the
executive board of Local 132.
“I’m for the working man. I’ve been a working man
myself my whole life,” said Walker.
He has been a member of Procious Community Church
for 22 years. He was called into the ministry at the age of 35.
“If it weren’t for the Lord, I would not be sitting
here today. I started preaching nine months after I got saved, and I
returned to my home church in 1998. The congregation has backed me all
the way, and I’m thankful for them,” said Walker.
Married for 29 years, he and his wife, the former
Darlene Samples, are the parents of four children, Angela Walker,
Stephanie Ahart, Darlinda Truman, and David Walker, Jr., and
grandparents of six, Ricky, Zachary and Kaylin Ahart, ReEnna and Lexie
Truman, and Jaedyn Walker.
“I am here to serve and look after the future of my
children and grandchildren. They are the greatest gift God has given me,
and I want to be the voice that is based on what this country was built
on,” said Walker.
When asked why he ran for delegate, Walker stated,
“I want to help people and serve my state.”
This was Walker’s fourth candidacy for the 33rd
delegate seat: “I am ready to do what needs to be done. I have wanted
this for a long time.”
Walker serves on the following House committees:
Roads and Transportation; Energy, Industry and Labor; Economic
Development and Small Business; and Education. His Interim committee is
the Joint Standing Committee on Education.
The regular term of the Legislature ends on Apr.
11. During this time, Walker will communicate with
The Calhoun Chronicle on his
efforts in Charleston.
“I am proud to serve district 33. There are no
county lines as far as I’m concerned. I am here for everyone,” said