CHARLESTON, W.Va. – House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, today issued the following statement on the death of Delegate Sharon Lewis Malcolm, R-Kanawha, who passed away peacefully in her sleep over the weekend at the age of 72.
“It is with great shock and sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of Delegate Malcolm,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “Sharon was a fierce public servant, who passionately stood in defense of the principles she held dear. On behalf of her friends and colleagues in the House, Kirsten and I extend our deepest prayers and sympathies to Sharon’s family and friends in this time of grief.”
Delegate Malcolm was first sworn in to represent the 39th District on March 30, 2018, having been appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to fill a vacancy in the office. She was re-elected to a full term later that year.
Prior to being a delegate, Malcolm had the distinction of being the first female Assistant Doorkeeper for the West Virginia House of Delegates, and later served as the first female Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for the West Virginia Senate.
A former state employee, Malcolm was a mother, grandmother and long-time resident of Kanawha County.
Arrangements are currently pending with Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston.