Robert D. Beach is an American public servant and a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate representing District 13 since January 2011. Beach served consecutively in the West Virginia Legislature’s House of Delegates from January 2001 until January 2011, and non-consecutively from his May 1998 appointment to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of his father, the late Delegate Robert C. Beach, until December 3, 1998 in the West Virginia House of Delegates within the 44 Delegate District.
Senator Bob Beach, a native West Virginian was raised on an 800 acre cattle farm north of Morgantown, WV. His father Robert C. Beach taught Agricultural Science in a local High School and instilled in his children a great respect for agriculture. During his youth Bob participated in both FFA and 4-H and welcomed the challenges of regional ag-competitions of public speaking, land judging, and animal husbandry.
Bob chose a different pathway following high school, rather than a direct route to college he chose a career in supermarkets, working in both management and as a perishable meat buyer for a regional stores in south western Pennsylvania. Bob later studied political science as a non-traditional student at Fairmont State University, working by day and attending classes by evening.
In 2007 Bob married Rachel Plybon of Charleston in 2007 and reside in Monongalia County with their twin sons, Sam and Bob. A previous marriage to Karen J. Mercer included three daughters, Jennifer, Melanie, and Courtney. Rachel Plybon- Beach is a Professor of Applied Design for Pierpont Community College. Bob and Rachel attend Wesley United Methodist Church of Morgantown.
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Farm to State House
- Farm raised- 800 acre cattle farm
- Manager / Supervisor;
- Perishable Meat Commodity Buyer,
- Multi-store Supervisor of perishable retail grocery ($4 million annual budget),
- Political Science-Fairmont State University, Spruce School of Real Estate,
- Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture,
- Legislative Committee on Agriculture (19 years House and Senate),
- Southern Legislative Conference- Agricultural Committee member,
- WVU Davis College of Agriculture Visitation Committee.
Community Service History
Bob currently serves on the West Virginia Holocaust Commission and previously served as Chairman of the Seniors Monongalia, Inc. Board and Monongalia County Planning Commission. Bob is a member of the West Virginia Cattleman’s Association.
Professional Career history includes 24 years in management/supervisor of a multi-store chain of Supermarkets in southwestern Pennsylvania. Six years in real estate sales with JS Walker Associates and five years as CEO/Executive Director Garrett College Foundation, Inc. of Maryland.
Spruce School of Real Estate
Fairmont State University: Political Science
Senator Bob Beach has served as a member of various legislative committees during his twenty year tenure, including Agriculture, Education, Natural Resources, and Transportation. As a member of the Committee on Education Beach also served a member of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability. Senator Beach previously served as Chairman of House Committee on Agriculture and Senate Chair on Transportation. Southern Legislative Conference, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. Bob also previously served as a Visiting Committee member of the WVU Davis School of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.
Friends of Animals Award. Friends of Nurses Award. Legislator of the Year 2014, National Nurses Award. 2015 Our Children Our Future Recognition. Southern Legislative Conference Andrew Young Leadership Recognition.
Bob has served his neighbors in Monongalia and Marion counties in public service since 1998 when asked to complete the term in the House of Delegates at the untimely passing of his father. What has happened since then?
In May of 2018, Senator Beach requested a review of the our Department of Highways budget to address the present need to repair existing roads. This analysis of the present budget will provide the necessary data to update the state formula that dictates the money allotted for the budget.
Tax Increment Financing District(TIF):
During the March 2012 Session of the WV Legislature, Senator Bob Beach led a team of legislators and local leaders to create and pass legislation establishing a unique Economic Development District for North Central WV. Upon passage 1000 acres of previously barren land was set aside for the purpose of establishing a multi-purpose economic development project. Two months later ground was broken to create retail establishments, healthcare facility, business park, and the Monongalia County ball park, which is now home to both WVU baseball and Pirate minor league team the Black Bears.
Prior to the passage of the Federal Farm Bob crafted, presented, and passed a WV Senate Resolution which requested the members of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) to meet and provide a solution to interstate commerce of industrial hemp via a Interstate Compact. In July of 2018, at the SLC of States in St. Louis, Bob defended the Senate Resolution before the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Development, followed by a unanimous vote by those representing legislative members the resolution language was adopted.
PEIA Task Force
During the 2019 legislative session the voice of public employees was heard on the PEIA issues.
The Governor put together a task force to collect information through out the state as a fact finding mission for potential paths to resolutions.
Senator Bob Beach saw a discrepancy of representation with the original task force choices. He then sought a resolution letter requesting for additional women to be placed on the task force for greater balance of representation.
WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design
Senator Beach has been an active supporter of West Virginia University. All three of Bob’s daughters are proud graduates. Two are teachers and the other is a nurse! Needless to say that Bob is a proud father of his WVU Alumni.