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. Read more on Bob’s Wikipedia.
Farm to State House
- Farm raised- 800 acre cattle farm
- Meat cutter-Manager;
- 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.
University High School
Fairmont State University
Father of 5
Grandfather to 5
Wesley United Methodist Church
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. 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.
Father passed away
Served in the WV House of Delegates
Monongalia County Planning Commission
2000 – 2008
Elected to the WV House of Delegates
Chair of Agriculture
Served on LOCEA
Legislative Oversight Committee on Education
Defending WVNET to remain in Morgantown
WVU Davis School of Agriculture Visitation Team
2010 – present
Elected to the WV State Senate
Chair of Transportation
SLC Andrew Young Leadership Recognition
Friends of Animals Award
Friend of Nurses Award
Legislator of the Year 2014 National Nurses
Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission
Water Quality Legislation
2015 Our Children Our Future
WV Holocaust Education Commission for 15 years
PEIA Task Force
In the last 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.