Member's Press Release

Release Date: 02/26/2013
Contact: Senate Majority Leader John Unger at 304-389-1866

Majority Leader John Unger II

Child Poverty Select Committee Heading to Oak Hill

Charleston, WV - West Virginia Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Select Committee on Children and Poverty John Unger, (D-Berkeley), announced that the first community meeting of the select committee will begin at 7 p.m. on March 13th at the Historic Oak Hill School, 140 School Street, in Oak Hill, WV.

“While we’ve met and heard presentations at the Capitol, we intend for this and future community meetings to allow the committee to hear from the local communities,” said Senator Unger, "We want to look at what's going on in the community, what resources are out there, what needs are there and see how we can work together in conjunction and cooperation with one another to try to meet those needs in order to focus in on the child."

"I look forward to this first road meeting taking place in our district. The 10th Senate District of West Virginia is a great example what we could see throughout the whole State. I am hopeful that we shall see folks from all over the district at this first meeting. I am not looking for numbers, but rather I look for people who have a story to tell." said Senator Ronald Miller, (D-Greenbrier).

“I am very pleased that the Senate has appointed this select committee to carefully examine the critically important problem of child poverty, and I am excited that the select committee has chosen to hold its first public meeting in Fayette County,” said Senate Majority Whip William Laird, (D-Fayette), “Poverty produces real, negative consequences for our children, and we have a collective responsibility to work to improve these conditions. It will be important for us to hear from those persons directly affected by these problems in their daily lives.”

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